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This week, I’ve stumbled upon more new awesome, green designs. However, unlike previous articles, there is a particular theme for this one. All of the designs this week have to do with the earth—particularly plants and trees. The designs use living plants either as part of the product or for inspirational purposes. Check them out:

Solar Plant
This first design sprouted from the mind of Korean designer, Ku Bon-Seop. The Solar Plant is not really a plant at all; though it is designed to act like one. How? Well, the “plant” part absorbs the sunlight. This sunlight is then transformed into electrical energy by photosynthesis, which is done through the “flowerpot” charger. The device can be used to power a variety of electronics, from cell phones to laptops.

Growing Business Cards
We’ve all been through this: the giving and receiving of business cards. You may pick them up at a store, fair, convention or expo. You might trade them at conferences, workshops or business meetings. And most likely, the ones you obtain will either end up in your wallet, in your desk, or in the trash. Guess what—the ones you’ve passed out probably were disposed of or forgotten about, too. So, the question comes up: How do you keep people interested in you and your business? How do you make sure that your card is left out in the open for all eyes to see? Well, by doing something completely unique, of course!

UK designer, Jamie Wieck, has come up with a great idea for making sure your business card gets the serious consideration it deserves. The card starts as a typical business card—until you dip it in water. Within 4 days, the card will sprout either alfalfa or cress plants, making it a nice little green addition to any desk. Plus, it’s also a great way to show that you are a person that supports green and environmentally friendly business initiatives.

Eco-Green Ring
Any of you who knows a thing or 2 about trees are probably aware that the trunk contains a bunch of rings. Typically, these rings are used to measure a tree’s age. However, designers Kwon Hye and Park Jun Seok, were inspired to do something completely different. This tree stump design is actually used to measure and improve indoor air quality. It may surprise you to learn that indoor air pollution causes 14 times more deaths than the pollution found outdoors. Luckily, the Eco-Green Ring has a way of making sure we understand the consequences of this.

First of all, the device is capable of purifying the air, which seems simple enough. Ah, but it’s also capable of telling you how polluted your indoor air really is. How? Color coded LED lights switch on to indicate air quality: green means good and red means bad. The device is made from recycled materials and can be mounted on any wall. Oh, and it serves one other important purpose: to remind us of how important living trees are to the environment—which includes them providing us with better air quality.

That’s it for the designs this week. Expect more again soon!