Pedal-A-Watt – stationary bicycle power generator


A DIY idea to make a power generator which can be made to produce power using any bicycle. just take it along with you anywhere in the wilderness and your laptop and mobile will never fall short of power. All you need to know is the idea , which you will get in this link and basic electronics and mechanics which you can learn easily on net by googling the terms charge controller or voltage stabilizer to supply constant supply of electricity to your device, asking help to your engineer friend would make things further easier. Setup is similar to small generators attached to wheel for lighting headlights on bicycles easily available on many diy sites.


So check out this link to get the idea of making your own power generator —  http://www.econvergence.net/The-Pedal-A-Watt-Bicycle-Generator-Stand-s/1820.htm

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DIY Rocket Stove


A rocket stove is an efficient cooking stove using small diameter wood fuel which is burned in a simple high-temperature combustion chamber containing an insulated vertical chimney which ensures complete combustion prior to the flames reaching the cooking surface.

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The principles were described by Dr. Larry Winiarski from Aprovecho in 1982 and stoves based on this design won Ashden Awards in both 2005 and 2006. Interest in rocket stoves has led to the development of rocket mass heaters and other innovations.
A rocket stove achieves efficient combustion of the fuel at a high temperature by ensuring a good air draft into the fire, controlled use of fuel, complete combustion of volatiles, and efficient use of the resultant heat. It has been used for cooking purposes in many energy poor locales as well as for space and water heating.

Check out this design made of materials easily found around any house or farm – http://devandhema.blogspot.in/2013/11/a-really-exciting-rocket-stove-project.html

DIY hydrophonics – Grow edible plants without soil.


Ever imagined a fully functional garden right in your balcony of apartment or near your window, or where ever you got little space with sun light around.
Worried about where to get pots and soil ? Scared of hassles of watering and dirt ? You actually don’t need one. Hydroponics is the solution.
Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil. Terrestrial plants may be grown with their roots in the mineral nutrient solution only or in an inert medium, such as perlite, gravel, mineral wool, expanded clay pebbles or coconut husk.

All you need is a Hydroponics  DIY kit. Get Yourself this small kit and start learning Hydroponics in a matter of days.

Get yourself one here – http://www.gardenguru.in/hydroponic-diy-kits/393-hydroponic-diy-raft-kit-dwc.html

For kit in action check out this video –

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For more information about Hydrophonics and how to start it in your place Check out this blog –
http://geekgardener.in/2013/10/23/hydroponic-basil-videos/

This kit comes with the following

  • Container with lid ( holes premade, but can be customized)
  • Nutrient solution for growing herbs (For 100 Litres)
  • Seeds of Herbs (Large leaf Basil, coriander, Sage).
  • Net pots
  • Grow plugs 15 no
  • Air pump

The everlasting bulb


Planned obsolescence or built-in obsolescence in industrial design is a policy of planning or designing a product with a limited useful life, so it will become obsolete, that is, unfashionable or no longer functional after a certain period of time. Planned obsolescence has potential benefits for a producer because to obtain continuing use of the product the consumer is under pressure to purchase again.

Benito Muros is one of the world’s businessmen who haven’t accepted planned obsolescence,The founder of the SOP movement  (Sin Obsolescencia Programada= Without Planned Obsolescence), has hit out against planned obsolescence by making an everlasting light bulb and establishing a movement with the aim of putting an end to the abusive practices of multinational companies.

read more about  “The Everlasting Light Bulb”  at – http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-fight-against-consumerism-and-planned-obsolescence-the-everlasting-light-bulb/5336950

until we get some one inspired by the SOP movement and we start getting these bulbs in India too, here is quick DIY about what to do with old fused bulbs.

30 desi ways to go eco-friendly


Sustainability, eco friendly, go green may sound like new slogans of  India, but as far as an eco friendly lifestyle goes, most of the traditional Indian ways serve as a model example! Each region in India has its own set of eco-friendly habits. It is important to educate our younger generation about these habits.

Check out this wonderful article by RAMA COUSIK.

http://thealternative.in/environment/30-desi-ways-to-go-eco-friendly/

Saurabh phadke


Sourabh Phadke is a School teacher and an architect (the former by choice, the latter by chance) amongst other fictitious titles. He works with children on matters of exceeding importance including mud balls, the birds & the bees (literally), junk toys, pee-poo and stuff around us.

He is also known to build houses of all things natural and junk, and is frequently found professing the same among organic circles.
He is the author and illustrator for a few minor publications which include ‘The Muddy Micromanuals!’ and ‘Poo’.

Find his work at http://www.sourabh.tk/

watch his ted-x talk at – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2JMMHK_Iy4

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DIY- weekend project


DIY - upcycled hooks

DIY – upcycled hooks

If you hate regular , ugly plastic , aluminium or iron wall mounted hooks, here is  your treat !!

1. Looking for a weekend up-cycling  project , here’s the one. Be it clothes or keys or anything, a eco-friendly solution.

2. Start by gathering  wood pieces or strong twigs in the shape of hooks, from your garden or any park near your area.
You can make search interesting by incorporating a game for your kids or a group. Have a small morning walk treasure hunt.

3. Shape it appropriately and and fine it as per your need, you can keep it raw or varnish it , depends completely on you.

4. Be creative and try different things , remove bark to get whitish color , polish it , keep it plain , whatever suits you.

5. Framing wood can be found anywhere in your dump yard or your neighbor’s, i don’t think India is short in old windows and doors frames, you      usually find them lying around as waste.

6. some nails , wood saw , fevicol (optional) ,  hammer, and a will to do is all you need.

do share your creative ideas and pics with us.