We all want to be good to the environment. Unfortunately, mother earth never gives us 'the look' that most mother's have perfected. So it's hard to know when we're not treating her right. Designer Ben Arent had this very problem in mind when creating the idea of the EnergyTree.
The EnergyTree is an eco bonsai of sorts, take care of the planet and it will thrive. Using a real tree in conjunction with water, poison and nutrient reserves plus a solar panel to power the device, the EnergyTree survives depending on the energy use of the owner. If the owner uses energy wisely and efficiently, nutrients and water will be dispersed, but when the owner wastes energy, poison will be introduced to the tree and water and nutrients will be held back.
Arent imagines that the tree can either monitor household usage or individual devices and can even wirelessly connect to recycling centers as a way to give "extra green points" that is put towards the system's calculation of giving water and nutrients.
If every family could get their hands on something as neat as this, I'm sure we'd have a whole new generation of EcoGeeks.
written by Gas Zappers, May 16, 2007
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