You may have noticed that Crisp Green took a short hiatus from daily posts this past week. That's because I was busy attending the first ever SxSW Eco conference in Austin, TX. Organized by the same folks responsible for the world famous Film, Interactive and Music festival usually held in early March, this event brought together many of the world's brightest minds and most interesting companies to talk about solutions to our social and environmental problems. My mind is still overflowing with all that I heard and saw, but here are a few of the coolest clean tech finds so we can geek out together!
Fully Recyclable Bamboo Packaging (pictured above)
One of the first presentations I attended featured Oliver Campbell of Dell Inc. Campbell revealed the companies newest green accomplishment--sustainable bamboo packaging. Made only with bamboo from Forest Stewardship Council-certified forests, the new laptop and notebook packaging is stronger than steel, biodegradable and certified compostable AND recyclable.
During a presentation on achieving "Life at 2,000 Watts," speaker Matthew Gardner of Sustainserve Inc. introduced the audience to a groundbreaking way to produce fuel from plain old water. SunCatalytix is a brand new company dedicated to commercializing new, active, versatile, and affordable catalysts that split water into oxygen and hydrogen fuel, mimicking photosynthesis. Although Gardener acknowledgede that energy sources such as this are more than a few years away from mainstream adoption, they hold immense potential for the clean energy future.
Current Motors' All-Electric Scooter
It's not every day that you stumble upon the future of transportation charging in a hotel hallway, but that's exactly what I found at SxSW Eco! Current Motors’ all-electric maxi-scooters offer top speeds of 70 mph and a range of up to 50 miles, making them the best value in their EV class. And it can charge in less than 5 hours from a normal electric outlet!