Tag Archives | Environmentally Friendly

…It’s Things Thursday: DODOcase?

DODOcase

The limited edition DODOcase is a beautiful, hand made iPad case that is designed to protect it from extinction.

Inspired by Moleskine journals and made by hand in San Francisco using traditional book binding techniques, the case blends the traditional feel of a book with the technological power of the iPad. With an interior made from bamboo and a faux leather cover, it’s also environmentally friendly, so you can rest easy if that’s a check box in your buying decision.

Lastly, the cover is designed to be folded back so you can stand your iPad, and an elastic strap keeps the cover tight when you’re on the go.

If the Apple case isn’t doing it for you, and you want to make sure your iPad stands out from the crowd, then definitely give the DODOcase a look, because there’s really just nothing like it that’s alive today.

[DODOcase]

…Zinio is giving away free magazines?

Zinio Read Green Initiative

Edit: This promotion is no longer active.

Zinio takes many of your favorite magazines and republishes them digitally, so to help spread the word about their rather environmentally friendly service, they created the Read Green Initiative to give away free magazine subscriptions to anyone that asks.

For a limited time, you can get a year-long subscription to magazines like Men’s Journal, Shutterbug, Road and Track, Popular Science, Outside and even Penthouse for little more than an email address.

In addition, they don’t take your mailing address or ask you to put down a credit card ‘deposit’, so there’s no need to worry about canceling your subscription at the end of the year in order to avoid getting charged.

If you’d like to preview what the service is like, just select from one of the magazines below, and if you’d like to sign up for your own free magazine subscription, just visit the site and select from the available options. (They’re first come, first served, so grab the one you want quickly before it’s gone.)

[Zinio – Read Green Initiative]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Lotus Eco Elise?

Lotus Eco Elise

How do you take an already feather-light supercar and reduce the weight by more than 70 pounds?

Easy; just make it more environmentally friendly.

Lotus decided to make an Eco version of their venerable Elise, and in the process, managed to reduce the already svelte curb weight.

Changes include a collection of sustainable materials for the body and trim, including hemp, eco wool, sisal, and a new, high-tech, water-based paint that can be applied by hand and can still achieve the fantastic finish you’d expect from a car of this quality. The new pieces and parts manage to reduce the Elise’s environmental footprint throughout its lifetime, as well as limit the amount of energy used during its production.

Lotus Eco Elise Interior

In addition to the new materials, Lotus has also added a flexible solar panel to the roof that helps power the electric system (less strain on the engine means better efficiency) and added a green shift light (hopefully in addition to the regular, ‘you’re about to blow up your engine’ red shift light) that helps drivers achieve the maximum fuel efficiency while driving the car.

Thankfully the engine and chassis are still the same, and Elise has actually managed to improve the performance by reducing the weight, so you’re still getting one of the best handing cars on the market out of the deal, but if you’d like to save a little Earth while tearing up a little track, the Eco Elise might be just the car you need.

[Lotus – Elise]

[Via: Autoblog]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Koenigseder Wide-Body Smart ForTwo?

Smart ForTwo

The Smart ForTwo isn’t known for being a particularly sporty car, but that didn’t stop Koenigseder from pimping it out with a wide-body kit, 17” rims, Eibach springs, floral decals, and environmentally friendly floor mats.

It won’t get you to where you’re going any quicker, but at least you can arrive in style!

[Koenigseder]

[Via: Autoblog]