Low-Tech and No-Tech
Choose Your Lifestyle Wisely. Newer & Faster Is Not Always Better.
Build your own eco larder - Fridges are an often forgotten base load on your electricity supply. So why not trade yours in for a smaller, more efficient model, and move foodstuffs that need only light chilling to your very own eco larder...
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The Benefits & Pleasures of Low Tech Living
PHOTOS: This Family's Truly Unbelievable Secret
Fridge without power. You take a smaller pot and put it inside a larger pot. Fill the space in between them with wet sand, and cover the top with a wet cloth. As the water evaporates from the sand, it pulls the heat out with it, cooling the inner pot. It's a natural, cheap, easy-to-make refrigerator. The invention keeps food from perishing for up to three weeks.
Fridge Without Using Electricity! Here's how it works: You take a smaller pot and put it inside a larger pot. Fill the space in between them with wet sand, and cover the top with a wet cloth. As the water evaporates from the sand, it pulls the heat out with it, cooling the inner pot. It's a natural, cheap, easy-to-make refrigerator. The invention keeps food from perishing for up to three weeks.
"Technology has both simplified & complicated our lives, & that goes far beyond housework. So many possibilities! So many things we could be doing! It’s easy for the “coulds” to mutate into “shoulds”. Cook more gourmet meals-you’ve got machines to help you chop, slice, dice, & steam. Check that email during your child’s school play–isn’t that what smart phones are FOR? Earn more money–the internet has made it possible, right? Stuff the drawers with clothes–your high-capacity washing machine..."
The physics of the concept are straightforward: the bottles are placed in roofs – half outside, half inside – and their lower portions refract light like 60-Watt light bulb but without the need for a power source. A few drops of bleach serve to keep the water clear, clean and germ-free for years to come.
swiss-miss.com: "My kids are completely crazy over this Free Form Magnatab Toy. They draw and write with the magnetic stylus, which raises metal balls to the surface of the sealed Magnatab base. And erase their creation by pushing the magnets back down with the back of the stylus or their fingers. To me, it feels like taking designing for screen, pixel constraints, to the analog world."
A clever low-cost light fills a clear gap in the market--while also providing a new business opportunity.
Little Dutch Maid Hand Crank Kitchen Machine
Fridges are a recent invention; for thousands of years, people lived without them, but had many low-tech ways of making food last. Today most fridges are filled with stuff that would last just as long and probably would taste a lot better if it was never lost in the back of the fridge. They are expensive air conditioned parking lots for what Shay Salomon called "compost and condiments." Some are looking at alternatives to such an expensive and wasteful model. Kris De Decker of No Tech Magazine "refuses to assume that every problem has a high-tech solution," and shows the work of Korean designer Jihyun Ryou, who says "we hand over the responsibility of taking care of food to the technology, the refrigerator. We don’t observe the food any more and we don’t understand how to treat it." She has developed a series of modern designs that rely on traditional techniques, learned from her grandmother and other elderly people in the community.
"The Commerce With a Conscience Series" is sponsored by FedEx; article on Mashable.com Today, some of the most interesting ideas are brewing from unexpected sources, like used cooking grease and old soda bottles. These projects carry with them immense possibility for impacting the future of under-served communities across the globe.
low-tech light bulbs from soda bottles! a brilliant, simple, no-tech solution to lighting dark inside places during the day.