Top 3 Eco-Innovation News Picks

June 13, 2014

With a focus on eco-innovation and products for everyday life, Eco News Network offers our Top  3 Eco News Picks for the past week. While many technologies actually negatively affect the environment, some companies are finding innovative ways to be tech savvy the eco-friendly way! Got a favorite eco-innovation story or product? Email us at info@econewsnetwork.org so we can share it with our readers. 

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Nothing frustrates people like breaking their cell phones. Sprint has taken eco-innovation to the next level. Now Sprint customers can get eco-friendly iPhone 5C phone cases made of air carbon.  GreenBiz.com reported that these carbon phone cases are made with greenhouse gas waste instead of petroleum. Sprint is one of the first companies to offer air carbon phone cases. Sprint is also the first telecommunications company to use carbon-negative products. The phone cases will cost about $30.

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It’s no surprise that shopping malls use an incredible amount of energy for lighting and heat. Many mall developers and operators are looking for ways to incorporate the latest technology to save on operations costs that diminish profits. Enter a new, 100,000 square meter environmentally friendly mall that is set to open August 2014 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Central Asia. The Astana Times reported that the MEGA Park Mall, part of the MEGA shopping mall chain will be lit with light-emitting diodes that will use 10 times less electricity and the eco-efficient heating system is expected to increase the facility’s heating efficiency by 85%. Additionally, over 600 trees and bushes will be planted on mall grounds.

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We love to eat. We’re a food loving planet! But did you know that some stoves used to prepare food emit greenhouse gases that are harmful to the environment? In some parts of the world, the Rice Hull Stove may be a solution for this problem! A Filipino inventor, Alexis T. Belonio, began working with rice husks as a potential heating fuel in 2003. The rice hull stove he created uses less energy and does not emit harmful gases into the environment. These stoves were initially made with the intention to help poor rural domestic households in the Philippines but the popularity has grown. Rappler.com reported that because there are over 2 million tons of rice hulls produced every year in the Philippines as part of the country’s agricultural waste, the rice hulls are easy to get and low cost when compared to liquefied petroleum gas. Not sure that Rice Hull Stoves will catch on everywhere but the idea of reusing what was once considered waste certainly is a positive trend worldwide.

Sheila Headspeth

Photo Credits: Flickr/ Kārlis Dambrāns, Stéfan, Ariel Javellana (IRRi Photos)

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