Image: SK Balachandder
This year’s motto of the UN World Environment Day is “Your Planet Needs You – UNite to Combat Climate Change.” Reason enough for us at Environmental Graffiti to look at ten innovative ways, featured over the course of the last year, in which we all can do our bit, knowingly or unknowingly.
And as you will see, you can do your bit in all aspects of life, right from living, working hard, playing hard and working out, to praying hard, getting around and saying the last good-bye. Amen.
The Dog-powered Tricycle
Why walk the dog when the dog can walk you? Works best with aggressive or overactive dogs – simply put them to work with the Dog Powered Bike or Trike and off you go. Here’s the scope.
Image: Mark Schuette
The Green Microgym
Those feeling a little overactive themselves can now not only channel their extra energy but also use it to create power for this green gym. Find out how.
Image via The Green Microgym
You’re gonna love this next item because now even your drunken night out on the town can be eco-friendly! In this eco-nightclub, a custom-made floor creates “dancefloor power” that is then used to power parts of the nightclub. Let’s just hope their dancefloor is never empty. Here’s how it works.
Image: Steve & Sara
Imagine that nightclub with living walls – wouldn’t that be a cool, almost 360 degree green place? While vertical gardens and sky farms are projects that still need some work before they become an everyday reality, living walls are already quite prominent at a public place near you. We especially like the do-it-yourself kits that can even insulate parts of one’s home. Neat! Here’s more info.
The Eco-friendly Army
Even the army has caught on to finding ways to save money and the environment. Find out about hybrid vehicles and explosives that turn into manure. Maybe their new motto is “Kill your enemy but not the environment”?
Glass Made from Human Waste
Speaking of manure, who would’ve thought that even doing the big job could be green? Kitengela Glass, an art collective near Nairobi National Park, has found a way to make glass and beautiful glass art with the help of human and animal faeces. Here’s the scoop.
Image: Kitengela Glass
Composting the Dead
Going a step further, there are ways to guarantee that one’s body is useful even after life on Earth. Here’s a look at companies that provide eco-friendly burials.
Image via Natural Burial Company
Environmentally Friendly Mainstream Religions
While we’re on the topic (kind of), let’s talk about green philosophies of this life and the ones that might be following. Would environmentally friendly religions guarantee a greener Earth? What do you think? Maybe the next invention will provide clues.
Image: SK Balachandder
Human-powered Ferris Wheels
India, not usually known for its environmental consciousness, comes up with environmentally friendly solutions by chance – like this human-powered Ferris wheel. Though security inspectors in the western world may shudder upon seeing this contraption, in India and other parts of the world, they are the norm and parents do not hesitate to thrust their kids into its metal claws or to take a seat themselves. Read more.
Green Credit Cards
Finally, let’s talk about the place where environmental consciousness usually ends because it hurts most – the wallet. In theory, supporting environmental friendly products may sound great, but would you fork out an extra ten bucks for a green product? Now, you can shop and be green by using a green credit card.
Drop us a line if you know of similar ways to be green in everyday life.
We’ll even throw in a free album.