For the longest time, a very simple question has been asked: If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” Philosophical as it may be, there may finally be an actual answer to the question—if the tree is cut up into logs.


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Designers Solene Le Goff and Cristophe Gouache created a solar powered oak radio, equipped with large wooden dials; and it looks like a log. The Log Radio is made from 80% wood and 20% radio components, with a solar panel attached on top. Completely abandoning the use of plastics and embracing the whole “green” concept, this radio does not use any batteries or electrical wires. If you don’t feel like sitting in the sun in order to hear some tunes, there is also a button you can push to get the radio to work.

While a solar powered radio is nice, it does make one question the actual “green” value of this radio. The biggest question being, how many trees have to die to manufacture them? The last time I checked, cutting down trees—especially a lot of them—is not a good thing. Maybe they figure that the solar powered effect will balance that out, but what of the trees? A good idea as it is—at least in the attempt of being au natural—the amount of “green” it has is debatable. In some cases, such as this, plastic may be the better way to go; especially if it’s recycled plastic and can be recycled and reused again in the future.