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Green tech finds (6/16/11)

Green tech finds (6/16/11)


A pedal-powered helicopter, a very low-tech speaker for your iPhone made from bamboo, and an online map of solar power potential for NYC… your green tech finds for the week.

  • The pedal-powered helicopter: Think it’s impossible to achieve this kind of flight on human power alone? Engineering students at the University of Maryland managed to get off the ground for 4.2 seconds (a US national record) in their Gamera helicopter. See more about the project in the video above. (via Crisp Green)
  • Reused wine bottles: New company Wine Bottle Renew claims it can clean pre-consumer wine bottles (from tasting rooms and manufacturers) to the point where they’re better than new… and cheaper, also. (via Earth 911)
Barbie's dirty secret: rainforest destruction

Barbie's dirty secret: rainforest destruction

Think what you will about Greenpeace and their often aggressive brand of activism… they do know how to create clever, eye-catching campaigns around important environmental issues. Rainforest destruction is a big one for them (as well as most of us), and after tracing the pulp source of packaging for toys from brands like Mattel, Hasbro, Lego, and Disney back to Indonesian rainforests, they did what any responsible organization would: they broke the news to Barbie’s longtime companion Ken. You can see the fallout in the video above…

Award-winning photograph of 6 year old swimming with his pet shark

Award-winning photograph of 6 year old swimming with his pet shark

Photographer James Morgan snapped this remarkable photo of six-year-old Enal having a blast in the ocean waters below his family’s “stilted house in Wangi, Indonesia” with his PET SHARK. If that isn’t the look of pure childhood joy then I don’t know what is.