House & Home (128)
Plug, twist and save!
Dialug is an electrical outlet that integrates a timer in the socket. It can be set for however long your device needs the power source and guarantees you don’t overcharge any devices unnecessarily.
Why it matters
Resources are getting more scarce and green credentials are something that consumers are looking for in products. The Dialug plug is a stylish and handy way of doing your part for the environment. Is this the beginning of the rise of eco-friendly design integrated into fundamental functionality?
A new paint called Lotusan, from German company Sto, could take the task of cleaning exterior painted surfaces off the to-do list for up to eight years. Its microstructure is modelled on the highly water-repellent Lotus leaf so when rainwater hits the surface, it immediately forms droplets and falls away, taking dirt with it. This, in turn, reduces the growth of mould, mildew and algae.
Asda have started a trial in their supermarkets, dispensing own brand fabric conditioner from a vending machine, which pumps the liquid from a large vat in the stockroom directly into a pouch. Customers are then encouraged to return and refill their empty pouches. The project will not only cut down the supermarket’s packaging cost, but also pass on a reduced cost to the customer. It costs £1.90 for the first pouch, and £1.50 for any refills. This compares with plastic bottles, which cost £2 for the same size.