eco chic

Re-Cycle Cardboard Bike: I want to be a paper bike rider!

It has to be seen to be believed, but riding on the success of their award-winning Paper-Pulp Canoe, German engineers Zeug and Unsinn have created the Re-Cycle Cardboard Bike – set to revolutionise the way we get around city spaces forever.

Made from the equivalent of two hundred newspapers, the Re-Cycle is light, easy to carry and simple to assemble – simply follow the step-by-step instructions.

But what makes this the perfect city bike? Firstly, the Re-Cycle’s stylish travel bag lets you transport it with ease. Carry it discreetly on the tube, the train, the bus, in taxis, as hand luggage on lanes, or store it in the boot of your car until it is needed. Secondly, the “unpoppable” corrugated wheels make riding on uneven surfaces feel exactly the same as riding on a completely level surface – minimising vibrations, muscle strain and paper cuts. Thirdly, the saddle and wheels can be quickly released using patented Rip/Tear technology. With these valuable parts removed, the bike can be left securely taped to a wall without the risk of theft.

Finally, capitalising on cutting-edge advances in vending machine cup manufacture, the Re-Cycle’s eco-friendly cardboard is plastic coated to make it almost completely impermeable to moisture – making it the most durable and hardwearing cardboard bicycle on the market.

However, when you’re finally ready to dispose of your bike, simply crumple it up and throw it in the bin, or onto your compost heap. The Re-Cycle will naturally degrade over the same period as a typical disposable coffee cup.

Price £14-99


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Eco Chic: The world’s first solar powered keyboard

The new Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 is the first light-powered keyboard  by Logitech which powers itself whenever there’s light, even indoors, making battery hassles a thing of the past. It powers itself through its integrated solar panel — no power bricks or charging cables needed, and it stays charged for at least three months in total darkness.

The included solar power app features a lux meter to help you get the necessary light, making it easy to get at-a-glance information about battery levels, and even alerts you when you need more power.

It looks good too at only 7.5mm thick its a pretty stylish, streamlined keyboard. The low-profile keyboard features Logitech Incurve keys™. Using a concave design, Incurve keys support the shape of your fingertips, while helping guide your fingers to the right keys.

It also offers Logitech Advanced 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity, keeping you connected with virtually no delays or dropouts, so you get all the benefits of a cord, with the convenience of wireless. Logitech Advanced 2.4 wireless also includes 128-bit AES encryption with the keyboard — one of the highest levels of security available.

Plus, the tiny Logitech® Unifying receiver is small enough to stay in your laptop, so there’s no need to unplug it when you move around. And you can easily add up to six Logitech Unifying and Unifying-ready mice and keyboards — without the hassle of multiple USB receivers.

Pricing and Availability – Price £69.99 available in January 2011

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