I’ve always been interested in solutions that will help homes have lower to off-grid demand. I’ve worked with many data center battery power systems where I’d wondered when this technology would be applied to houses. Tesla has been looking into alternative uses for the technology that it has developed during its car research. This is an excellent example: Teslas Electric Car Battery Tech Could End Up Powering Your Home : TreeHugger.
Electric motorcycles seemed more likely to be realized sooner for mainstream road use than the electric car simply because of vehicle weight. With this impressive release they are clearly close to being a fully capable road bike. I am interested in what their ideas around fast recharging are. Brammo to Unveil the 2012 Empulse Next Generation Electric Motorcycle Next Month : TreeHugger.
Relief from a disaster often inspires some ingenious and benevolent solutions. In the below story a Taiwanese Buddhist charity is donating blankets made from recycled plastic bottles to people devastated by the Haiti Earthquake and floods in Pakistan. Blankets are a critical means of protection from exposure to the elements because they have multiple uses: as a blanket, temporary clothing, temporary shelter, material for splints or cordage…).
See article here: http://www.ecofriend.org/entry/taiwanese-buddhist-charity-sends-eco-friendly-blankets-to-disaster-victims/
As I research the inspiring green ideas being developed I find that many are an excellent solution for disaster relief needs. As with the impacts of climate change, it is worth exploring if other disasters could be either minimized or avoided if sustainable strategies in private, business or community living were used proactively. It is also possible that the humanitarian impact of disasters could be minimized if sustainable strategies to become in integral part of our daily lives (e.g. sustainable water management and storage anticipating the 100 year drought or natural disasters).
I’ve used fleece blankets and plastic based clothing in environments (e.g. Alaska’s wilderness) where they’ve kept me warm and dry from their wicking abilities. If the plastics used are recycled, it is a great way to pull the wasted plastics out of the disposal chain. Much of my outdoor gear is polymer based (shells, tents, fleece coats, shirts…) and they are the most effective for the intended use… shelter from the elements.
Recycling plastics to provide blankets and other types of emergency shelters that can be reused again and again would be a major resource to disaster relief efforts that are usually cash strapped. Considering that there is a patch of plastic trash in the middle of the pacific ocean that is twice the size of Texas, we may have an inexhaustible resource available.