Thursday, October 23, 2014

Drop-A Brick Water Saver

If there is one commodity that we take for granted, it is water. Did you know that, by 2025, 1.8 billion people will experience absolute water shortage, and two thirds of the world population will be living under water-stressed conditions? The message that we are sending here is that we need to start saving water. Immediately! And here is a fun and efficient way of doing it. Drop-a-Brick is an environmentally friendly innovation which is based on a rather old trick of putting a brick in a toilet’s tank to conserve water.

Of course, Drop-a-Brick is not a real brick and it will not destroy your toilet’s tank but rather improve the flushing performance while saving up to 50 gallons (or 189 litres) of water a week. More people use it, more water we can save. Of course, you will save money on your water bill too. Drop-a-Brick is actually a non-toxic pliable rubber brick filled with hydro-gel powder, a soft super-absorbent material commonly used in agriculture and baby diapers. It weighs only 9 ounces, but once expanded (when water is added) it reaches the weight of 4lbs. Drop-a-Brick suits almost any toilet tank, regardless of its size.

The Drop-a-Brick project was launched in an effort to fight the ongoing record-breaking drought in California which destroyed almost half a million acres of cropland, threatening fish hatcheries and depleting drinking water supplies for local communities. This is a non-profit grassroots project that can save up to 200 million gallons of water per day. Considering that toilets are some of the biggest water wasters in homes, Drop-a-Brick makes even more sense.

The Drop-a-Brick designers are currently running a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo and are seeking a total of $80,000 in funding. They have decided to run a so-called flexible funding campaign which means that the campaign will not succeed or fail. Any money that they raise will go towards the project. Pitch in! This is a really worthy cause.

Menu Blade Wine Decanter

Being fans of everything and anything hedonistic, including consuming good wine, we have featured quite a few wine decanters in the past but none like the one we are about to show you. It is called Menu Blade and it is a very efficient and rather unconventional decanting pourer, judging from the design. Eurofins, the globally renowned product testing laboratory, has named it the new winner among the world’s best decanters.

So, what is so special about Menu Blade Decanter? First of all, thanks to its well-designed blade, this decanter adds 43% more oxygen to the wine than usual decanters. It has four small holes in the front (replicating the patented Venturi principle) which allow the wine to come in contact with more air which, in turn, immeasurably improves its flavour and bouquet. This wine aerator is compact, since it measures only 4 x 3 x 8 inches (10 x 7.6 x 20.3 cm), incredibly practical and ergonomic, making it very easy to mount onto the bottle.

Menu Blade is also drip-free decanter which filters, splits and oxygenates your wine as your pour bringing the bouquet and taste to the forefront. The decanter has a wide stream so that wine is properly aerated while its fins ensure even flow into your glass without spilling the contents of the bottle. Designed by the brothers Wright of Studio Designwright, based in London, Menu Blade is simple, sleek and elegant yet incredibly innovative.

Get it from Amazon here: Menu Blade Wine Decanter

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