We all love Instructables, the site that can never let us get bored for even a second, with the numerous ‘Do-It-Yourself’ ideas often going beyond our imagination.
This is why, as soon as I came across the winners of the Green Living and Technology Challenge, organized by the user ‘Danger is my middle name’, I had to tell you about it. The top 10 green projects that can make even the biggest non-green lovers think twice, are truly fascinating and should all be paid the needed respect by at least being checked out (if not made in our back yard). There is no particular order, they are all winners.
1. Solar kiln. Originally designed by staff and students at Verginia Tech (VT), and then perfected by Instructables’ user dorybob, this great invention is a big wooden box, or a shed, with a roof that acts as a greenhouse to generate hot air, and an internal solar collector. The box is perfect for storing and drying wet wood, which in no time can be made ready to go in the stove and help us cope with the winter chills. (Image (c) drybob)
2. Solar Powered Reverse Trike. This super cool and very green mode of transport was designed by the user farrukh khan, and you can make it yourself in ten easy steps in less than 20 days. Powered entirely by solar energy, the three-wheeler has a reverse trike configuration is compact, light and can get you anywhere thanks to the 40 watt photovoltaic canopy that charges the onboard solar battery. (Image (c) farukh khan)
3. Simple Solar Charging Station. The tutorial is kindly provided by The Instructable’s user caperren. His invention is a solar charging station that can keep your devices full of juice without any implications on your electricity bills. The station can be easily built and repaired with readily available materials for just over $100. (Image (c) caperren)