Bubblegum bins and other innovative green products at Grand Designs Live
Saturday 07 May 2011
A selection of innovative and environmentally positive products, such as bubblegum bins and chimney wind turbines, are currently on display at London home show Grand Designs Live.
Now in its seventh year Grand Designs Live is a home design and accessories show based on the British TV program of the same name. The event is held from April 30 through May 8 in London and last year attracted over 100,000 visitors.
This year, Kevin McCloud, presenter of the Grand Designs TV show, has chosen a number of innovative environmentally friendly products, grouped together as Kevin's Green Heroes to be on display at Grand Designs Live.
Among these products are Gumdrop bins - Gumdrop bins are made from recycled bubble gum which is transformed into a plastic polymer and molded into a small spherical bin which can be attached to street lamps or other surfaces. They are intended to be receptacles for used chewing gum. For more information about Gumdrop see: http://www.gumdropltd.com/.
Also selected as a Green Hero was The Secret Energy Turbine or SET from Vertical Axis Wind Turbines ; these generators of renewable energy are disguised as chimney pots for example and are designed to blend in with traditional rooftop architecture. The SETs range from 30 cm to one meter, the latter of which the manufacturers claim could run a small house; for more information see: http://www.secretenergyturbine.com/.
Grandiose lamp shades made of discarded books, from Lula Dot, innovative wood fiber insulation systems from Natural Building Technologies and Claire Danthois Design company's chairs made from repurposed doors were also among the products selected as Green Heroes at Grand Designs Live.
More information about the products chosen as Kevin's Green Heroes can be found via: http://www.granddesignslive.com/kevins-green-heroes/, tickets to Grand Designs Live are still available and can be purchased through the official website at: http://bit.ly/mHyNa3.
Environmentally friendly household products will also be exhibited later in the year at the Summer Sourcing Show for Gifts, House-ware and Toys in Hong Kong from July 4-7. In 2009 this Hong Kong-based trade event attracted over 409 companies from 14 countries around the world and nearly 20,000 professional visitors. More information about the Summer Sourcing Show for Gifts, House-ware and Toys can be found via: http://bit.ly/mQXglK.
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