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8 Utterly Impractical Eco-Gadgets

There's nothing wrong with making smart products that are environmentally friendly. But nature's best interests aren't always in line with man's. When that happens, impractical eco-products result.

EcoGadgets: officepod

At $25,000 a pop, this work-from-home OfficePod ain’t cheap. But the 4-foot by 4-foot workspace is sound-proof, weather-proof, and powered by a single inconspicuous power cord connected to your house. Cool! But impractical.

OfficePOD

EcoGadgets: gota dishwasher

This is not a real product. Rather, it’s a concept product meant to embrace the idea of conservation. Only problem: There’s no room for pots and pans. Which explains why it never made it to market.

CWB

EcoGadgets: grass armchair

First released in 2006, the Grass Armchair made for easy blog fodder. Only nobody bought it -- and rightfully so. The cheap-looking cardboard frame cost $114 at the time, excessive for even the most ardent hippies. As a testament to its impracticality, the chair has since been discontinued.

Purves and Purves

EcoGadgets: fishbowl sink

Conceptual designer Yan Lu’s Fishbowl Sink could certainly help conserve water. But it will also result in loss of life. More a symbol of conservation than actual change agent.

Yan Lu

EcoGadgets: electric bike

Wired Magazine calls it "The BMW of ebikes." Although pricey at $4,000, it’ll certainly help you conserve energy more energy than a car. But if you really want to conserve more energy, why not use a manual bike and stay fit in the process?

Kalkhoff

EcoGadgets: water clock

I like the idea behind The Bedol Water Clock, which claims to reliably run for 8-12 weeks on water only. User reviews suggest otherwise, however. And what good is a clock if it can’t be trusted? At least for now, you’re better off sticking to a battery-powered Timex.

Bedol

EcoGadgets: tumbleweed tiny house

Look, I’m all for conserving natural resources. But there’s no way I’m paying $40,000 for an 65 square foot shack good for only a single occupant. I love you, Mother Nature -- but I’m not going to be an introvert just so you can have more breathing room.

Tumbleweed Tiny House Co.

EcoGadgets: nopopo pee battery

Want save the planet? Why not whiz in your AA batteries instead of buying toxic Energizer or Duracells? Sure, the NoPoPo (No Pollution Power) batteries only last a fraction of the time as other batteries. And of course you’ll probably urinate on yourself while trying to fill the little things. But hey, you’ll be saving the planet!

Aqua Power System

8 Utterly Impractical Eco-Gadgets

There's nothing wrong with making smart products that are environmentally friendly. But nature's best interests aren't always in line with man's. When that happens, impractical eco-products result.

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