Japanese Interiors: Minimalist: Adaptable: Renewable

by Justin Thomas •

Traditional Japanese houses are built with bamboo, paper, straw and other kinds of light weight wood, all of which are renewable. The houses are also made with components such as tatami mats, shoji screens and tansu cabinets. The components are fitted together without nails, and are often rearranged. For example, in the bedroom, futons are rolled up and stored away, …

NovaKool RU7600-DC

by Justin Thomas •

Power Consumption: 480 watt hours/day or 240 watt hours /day with insulation (70°F day) Capacity: 7 cu. ft. Dimensions: 18.5" W, 41" H, 28" D Shipping weight: 138 lb. Power: 12 or 24V DC Best Price: $1196 (E-Marine)

Biodegradable Plastic Made Using Bacteria

by Justin Thomas •

Metabolix has found a way to produce high-quality plastics using plants and bacteria. In one process it has re-engineered bacteria to turn them into highly efficient "biofactories." By feeding sugars and oils to bacteria in a fermentation process, the company has created bacteria that produce plastics amounting to more than 85% of the cell’s weight. Read more at Metabolix…