EcoLiving Innovation for the Home (& Yard)

It was another busy week, but I was able to still dig up some interesting articles to share, and hopefully next week I will have some more travel adventures to share.  In the meantime hopefully you will find these articles interesting and thought provoking.

Counter Top, No Plumbing Needed, Dishwasher (Fast Company)

Originally unveiled in 2018 the Tetra takes up little counter space, washed dishes quickly and doesn’t have to be hooked up to plumbing.  It can only clean a couple of place settings at a time, but uses far less water than doing those dishes by hand would.  Heatworks, the company behind Tetra, initially planned to have the item available to the market by the end of 2018, but with the realization that the detergent would also need a redesign they have just started taking preorders here in 2021.

The idea for the product was a combination of Heatworks core technology, which heats water without electric heating elements, and the realization that consumers in small apartments or with small households need an alternative to a full sized dishwasher.  After completely redesigning the detergent, the tiny machine cleans dishes 35% better than the standard dishwasher and detergent.  They estimate that if someone uses the Tetra once per day, they will save nearly 4,000 gallons of water each year.

You can read the full article here.  We are looking at downsizing in the near future so the concept of smaller appliances certainly makes sense.  Factor in the improvement in performance and the water savings this is an item that may have a very bright future.

Repurposing IKEA Furniture (Fast Company)

Following the path of increased sustainability that it has been on, the Canadian division of IKEA has created instruction manuals for repurposing some of its products for a variety of different uses.  The idea is to extend the life of items that otherwise would be destined for the curb.

The projects range from “Beginner” – turning a candle holder into a planter – to “Intermediate” – making bags into a hanging garden – and all the way up to “Advanced” – transforming a cabinet into a beehive.  No mention of what item from IKEA you can turn into a hockey net – I’m Canadian, I get to make the obvious jokes.

You can read the full article here.

Turning Shipping Containers into Pools (Fast Company)

Modpools is giving single use shipping containers second lives as backyard swimming pools.  Working out of Vancouver since 2017, the company has found a way of using “waste” containers to make portable pools that are relatively easy and efficient to install.

Focusing on single-use containers for the best aesthetics, Modpools creates custom shaped pools that can be installed inground, above ground, or partially above ground.  Adding in custom features like windows, and even combo units that meld pools and hot tubs into one structure they allow consumers to build the pool of their dreams.

You can read the full article here.  I have to admit, there is a bit of national pride in citing two Canadian examples this week.  Looks like the maple leaf can hang with the Scandinavians.

Hope you found these as interesting as I did.

The Free Range Viking

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