Bright Ideas

Brilliant Keychain Bike Pump Fits in the Palm of Your Hand!

Brilliant Keychain Bike Pump Fits in the Palm of Your Hand!

City streets are a rough place for cyclists - they're strewn with bits of glass, metal, and potholes, so popping a flat is virtually inevitable. Fortunately, designer Pat Ramey has created a brilliant

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Green House’s New LED Lantern Runs on Saltwater and Doubles as a USB Device Charger

Green House’s New LED Lantern Runs on Saltwater and Doubles as a USB Device Charger

Green House Co. Ltd., a Japanese electronics firm, has developed a new "power-generation LED lamp" called GH-LED10WBW that runs on salty water. Requiring no batteries, the lantern runs for eight hours for

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Employees Work Harder When The Company Goes Green, New Study Reports

Employees Work Harder When The Company Goes Green, New Study Reports

Photo via Shutterstock What motivates you to give 150 percent at your job? Is it a friendly boss? Tasks that you really care about? Awesome clients? According to new research led by UCLA, employees of

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UGE’s New Hybrid Sanya Streetlight Goes Off-Grid For Big Savings

UGE’s New Hybrid Sanya Streetlight Goes Off-Grid For Big Savings

Urban Green Energy (UGE) today announced their newest alternative to power hungry outdoor lighting: the Sanya Streetlamp [pdf] is a standalone, off-grid street light that uses solar power, wind energy, or

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Australian Research Group Announces First Implantation of a Bionic Eye

Australian Research Group Announces First Implantation of a Bionic Eye

Bionic Vision Australia, a government-funded research consortium in Carlton, Victoria, announced Thursday that it has successfully implanted and tested an early prototype bionic eye. Dr. Penny Allen, a

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Modern Fresh Fish Pack Encourages Consumers To Choose More Sustainable Fish

Modern Fresh Fish Pack Encourages Consumers To Choose More Sustainable Fish

London-based designer Postler Ferguson has come up with an innovative and modern package to help ease the transport of fresh fish from the counter at your supermarket to your kitchen. Ferguson proposes

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Decaying Books in Quebec’s Jardin de la Connaissance Sprout Mushrooms and Moss

Decaying Books in Quebec’s Jardin de la Connaissance Sprout Mushrooms and Moss

Folkerts and LaTourelle have been helping to speed up the decaying installation originally designed as part of the International Festival des Jardins de Metis. While some fungi has appeared on its own,

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See-Through Microchip Organs Help Scientists Test New Drugs

See-Through Microchip Organs Help Scientists Test New Drugs

To perfect new medicines and surgical techniques, scientists need to conduct experiments on real humans. The only problem is, there aren't too many living people who want to be guinea pigs for untested

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Brickstarter Makes It Easy to Say ‘Yes In My Backyard’ for Funding Community Projects

Brickstarter Makes It Easy to Say ‘Yes In My Backyard’ for Funding Community Projects

The team of developers at Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund, know that urban landscapes are full of potential for innovation. But initiatives aimed at change and progress can often find themselves

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Groundbreaking Earth 2 Hub Platform Reboots Approaches to Sustainability (VIDEO)

Groundbreaking Earth 2 Hub Platform Reboots Approaches to Sustainability (VIDEO)

If you are a scientist, designer, filmmaker, or any kind of environmentally-conscious creative person who is tired of zipped-up and dull sustainability science, then Earth 2 Hub might be the solution

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OOO My Design’s Kids’ Pin Press Shelf Makes Cleaning Up Fun!

OOO My Design’s Kids’ Pin Press Shelf Makes Cleaning Up Fun!

Remember those retro toys that you could use to make 3D relief patterns with a tray of metal pins? OOO My Design has taken that concept and applied it to kids' furniture design with its striking new Pin

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Scandinavian Scientists Develop Textile That Fixes Its Own Tears

Scandinavian Scientists Develop Textile That Fixes Its Own Tears

A self-healing raincoat? It sounds like something out of a comic book, a group of Scandinavian researchers working for the EU project Safe@Sea have been developing a new type of textile coating that

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Groundbreaking Elastec Oil Skimmer Awarded $1 Million in Oil Cleanup X Challenge

Groundbreaking Elastec Oil Skimmer Awarded $1 Million in Oil Cleanup X Challenge

When BP's Deepwater Horizon well started gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, it soon became clear that neither BP nor the US government were equipped to deal with such a disaster. Next time

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Solar Powered Candles Create a Romantic Garden Environment

Solar Powered Candles Create a Romantic Garden Environment

These towering candles designed by John Housmand are a great way to bring a little 18th century romanticism to any garden. Constructed from acrylic tubes and using a small solar cell, each tower features

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Edward Chew Creates Stunning Geometric Lamps From Recycled Tetra Paks

Edward Chew Creates Stunning Geometric Lamps From Recycled Tetra Paks

Each spherical Tetra Pak lamp requires approximately 450 empty soft drink packets and is 260mm in diameter. The boxes were unfolded and then transformed into 108 hexagons by cutting 6 strips of 6 squares,

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Announcing the Winners of the Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition!

Announcing the Winners of the Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition!

GRAND PRIZE WINNER - ED CHEW'S TETRA PAK LAMP! We guess hard work really does pay off because all those nights that designer Edward Chew spent cutting box drink cartons into hundreds of strips and

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LAST CHANCE TO CAST YOUR VOTE: Bright Ideas Voting Closes Tonight!

LAST CHANCE TO CAST YOUR VOTE: Bright Ideas Voting Closes Tonight!

Did you get a chance to cast your vote yet in the Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition? Voting for the Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition closes TONIGHT at midnight, which makes this your last

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Glowing Nourishment Lamp Feeds the Eyes with Elegant Design

Glowing Nourishment Lamp Feeds the Eyes with Elegant Design

Carolyn Joan Lau's Nourishment Lamp transforms commonplace plastic bottles into beautiful organic forms reminiscent of coral reefs. The lamps are made from bottles of Yakult, a Japanese probiotic milk

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Studio Verissimo Transforms Plastic Spoons Into a Stunning Chandelier

Studio Verissimo Transforms Plastic Spoons Into a Stunning Chandelier

Each day hundreds of thousands of disposable spoons are used to stir coffee and then thrown in the trash and sent directly to the landfill. Seeing this, Studio Verissimo designed a luxurious lamp to give

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Deryn Relph’s Knitted Retro Lights Have a Colorful 1960s Flair

Deryn Relph’s Knitted Retro Lights Have a Colorful 1960s Flair

Textile designer Deryn Relph's Retro Lights are made out of knitted upcycled materials and have a playful 1960s look to them. Inspired by nature, these creations are meant to "evoke a positive emotional

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Dazzling Cascade Chandelier is Made From Chains of Recycled Plastic Bottle Flowers

Dazzling Cascade Chandelier is Made From Chains of Recycled Plastic Bottle Flowers

British designer Michelle Brand's Cascade Lancashire Ceiling Lights are an eco-friendly twist on the iconic chandelier. Made from hanging flower-shaped bottle bases cleverly attached together by plastic

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WEmake’s Beryl and Friends Collection Gives Old Lamps a New Life

WEmake’s Beryl and Friends Collection Gives Old Lamps a New Life

WEmake's Beryl and Friends collection transforms tired old light fixtures into luminous modern designs. The designers rewire lamps that have come to the end of their lifespan, installing low-energy LED

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Julie Morringello’s Sea Urchin-Inspired Uni Lights Can be Customized in a Snap

Julie Morringello’s Sea Urchin-Inspired Uni Lights Can be Customized in a Snap

Modern Maine's beautiful Uni light is a customizable pendant lamp named after the Japanese word for "sea urchin". Designed by Julie Morringello, each lamp consists of a central light socket surrounded by

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Bubble Chandelier is an Effervescent Light Fixture Made of 60 Recycled Soda Bottles

Bubble Chandelier is an Effervescent Light Fixture Made of 60 Recycled Soda Bottles

The effervescent Bubble Chandelier truly lives up to its name with its globular shape and fun form. Designed by Shaun Kasperbauer, this finalist in our Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition was

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Nourishment Lamp Takes the Lead in the Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition!

Nourishment Lamp Takes the Lead in the Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition!

Our Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition is nearing its end, but the battle for the best is still raging on. In fact, Carolyn Joan Lau's Nourishment Lamp has just shot to the top of the pack, with

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Tom Mollnow’s Brilliant Paper Pulp Task Lamp is Fully Recyclable

Tom Mollnow’s Brilliant Paper Pulp Task Lamp is Fully Recyclable

Made from a single recycled paper cone, the Pulp Task Lamp by Tom Mollnow is designed to have as little environmental impact as possible. It consists of locally sourced biodegradable post-consumer

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Delicate Leaf Lamp Mimics Nature With a Beautiful Felt Shade

Delicate Leaf Lamp Mimics Nature With a Beautiful Felt Shade

This beautiful felt Leaf Lamp features a light-as-air design that mimics the structural geometric forms found in plants and trees. Designer Peter Schumacher sought to use as little material as possible to

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Repurposed Olive Tin Transformed Into Cool ‘Kalmata Spotlight’

Repurposed Olive Tin Transformed Into Cool ‘Kalmata Spotlight’

This clever recycled Kalamata Spotlight is a directional floor-based lamp with an industrial edge. Created by Ori Ben-Zvi, the innovative design gives a 10-liter olive tin a second life by turning it into

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Sworth Lamp by Parry and Sutton Twists Scrap Metal into Art

Sworth Lamp by Parry and Sutton Twists Scrap Metal into Art

Scrap aluminum slivers were worked into the Sworth Lamp, an exploding cloud of gleaming metal by designer Ilsa Parry and collaborator Tom Sutton. The curly slivers that the lamp is constructed from are

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Spiralling Turbine Pendant Lamp Made With 100% Recyclable Materials

Spiralling Turbine Pendant Lamp Made With 100% Recyclable Materials

The Turbine Pendant Lamp is a great example of green design that is incredibly versatile as well. Its thoughtfully conceived form can be appreciated indoors and out -- either hanging from the ceiling or

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