Green tech finds: Child's play edition

Developing green technology isn’t child’s play, but children’s games can certainly inspire new ideas. Playground equipment made from old wind turbines, and a solar powered night light are just two of this week’s green tech finds.

How to recycle a wind turbine: Wind turbines are still pretty new in many parts of the world; in the Netherlands, however, they’ve used the technology long enough to need end-of-life solutions. One idea from Rotterdam’s 2012Architecten: turn the used turbine blades into playground equipment. Check it out above. (via Treehugger and @TaigaCompany)

Tired of Farmville requests?: Then there’s a new game to play on Facebook. The Opower app allows you to collect your home utility data, and to compete with friends (or even teams you form) in terms of energy savings. (via Co.Exist)

Bamboo in the bathroom: Andrex (paper giant Kimberly-Clark’s UK brand) has released “Eco” toilet paper, made from 90% recycled fiber and 10% bamboo (which supposedly makes it softer). (via Sustainable Brands)

An affordable hybrid?: Hybrids can save you money in the long run, but the sticker price may still scare you away. Not so with the Toyota Prius c, which starts off at just under $19,000. (via The Good Human)

Back to the garden: New Jersey-based TerraCycle built its brand around gardening by selling worm poop in repurposed plastic bottles. The company’s getting back to its roots with the release of two new gardening products – a plant caddy and a watering can – made from recycled packaging waste. (via MNN)

The solar lamp for kids: Vivian Lo’s Mossbo isn’t just cute and cuddly, nor does it just provide light for kids still afraid of the dark. It’s also solar powered, energy efficient, and even comes with a story book that teaches kids about environmental responsibility. (via Earth Techling and Design Buzz)

Old jackets=new Kindle covers: Patagonia’s Common Threads initiative is going beyond selling used clothes, and is now repurposing them. A partnership with Refleece allows them to turn donated jackets into covers for Kindle tablet devices. (via @DonateRecycle)

Find something we didn’t? Play along – share it with us in the comments.


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