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Invent a Product, Save the World

Posted By E.B. Boyd On May 27, 2009 @ 11:36 am In Green Tech | No Comments

There probably isn’t a single one of us eco-conscious folks who hasn’t at some point come up with a better idea for helping the world go green [1]. Now there’s a chance to see that idea come to life.

Yahoo! Green and Edison Nation are running Make It Green [2], a competition to find the best planet-saving product ideas. Anyone can enter. There’s a $10 entry fee (to defray the costs of reviewing the submissions). The winner has a chance of seeing their product hit the market, get a $2,500 prize and a portion of sales, and possibly appear on the “Everyday Edisons” [3] TV show, which runs on PBS.

The ideas submitted so far run from the impressively complex (“an eco-engine [4] that utilizes kinetic energy, scientific conversions and vortex tunnels to lessen the impact of exhaust and fumes from your car”), to the seemingly obvious (solar-powered lawn mowers [5]), to the ingenious (plant-fiber diapers [6]).

There’s a mechanic who thinks we should make “solid state” tires [2] out of recycled tires (to prevent tires from going flat and, presumably, lowering fuel efficiency); a racecar engineer who’s designed a weather vane [7] that can double as a wind turbine; and a hair stylist who devised a device [8] that minimizes the amount of energy a hair dryer uses (purportedly, a hair dryer uses as much electricity in two minutes as a television does in two hours — who knew?).

What qualifies? According to Edison Nation: “any smart product idea with a focus on making our air, water, and planet cleaner and greener.”

Worried about the odds? There are only 21 ideas up there so far. Surely you can come up with a contender.

Don’t have any great ideas? No problem. You can still vote on the ideas other people submit.

Deadline: June 30

Full details are on the Edison Nation website [9]


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[1] go green: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/15-Ways-to-Go-Green-for-as-Little-as-FREE.html

[2] Make It Green: http://green.yahoo.com/makeitgreen/idea?idea=147&sort=submit&cat=

[3] “Everyday Edisons”: http://www.everydayedisons.com/

[4] an eco-engine: http://green.yahoo.com/makeitgreen/idea;_ylt=Aq3g1VzFYyhUKgp2E1NzYnzNV8cX?idea=25611&sort=submit&cat=

[5] solar-powered lawn mowers: http://green.yahoo.com/makeitgreen/idea;_ylt=Aja0USN0cYsC1YSM_Q1w9MjNV8cX?idea=25458&sort=submit&cat=

[6] plant-fiber diapers: http://green.yahoo.com/makeitgreen/idea;_ylt=AiMrjbZC3_1CsILXFX7VWuvNV8cX?idea=112&sort=submit&cat=

[7] weather vane: http://green.yahoo.com/makeitgreen/idea;_ylt=Ai4O.tzYfgSbo6_0WWE_MfHMV8cX?idea=114

[8] a device: http://green.yahoo.com/makeitgreen/idea;_ylt=AgBCDhakNFSqhZfue9DMVvPNV8cX?idea=25461&sort=submit&cat=

[9] Edison Nation website: http://www.edisonnation.com/yahoo

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