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Old cardboard box wins major "green" prize. Answered

Want to get credit for an idea that is older than you are?

Simple - give it a cool name and tie the idea in with trendy green terminology.

A cheap solar cooker has won first prize in a contest for green ideas.

The Kyoto Box is made from cardboard and can be used for sterilising water or boiling or baking food.

It's just a basic solar cooker - cardboard, black paint and aluminium foil - but discussing it in terms of sustainability and carbon credits makes it worth 75,000GBP and potential mass-marketing contracts.

(Cynical? Me?)

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SolarFlower_org (author)2009-11-25

To be fair,

I think the innovation here is in the mass production and distribution of the thing. ie solar ovens aren't new, but being able to produce and distribute tens of millions of them is...

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Lithium Rain (author)2009-04-09

If I chew on the end of my pencil, can I hock it as a new kind of toothbrush for people who can't afford one?

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canida (author)Lithium Rain2009-04-09

You should probably make it out of a special kind of wood with additional anti-bacterial properties. :)

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Kiteman (author)canida2009-04-09

(Which would probably turn out to be both addictive and high on the Red List)

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Goodhart (author)2009-11-16

Just goes to show, it isn't what you know, but who you know....

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ben1122 (author)2009-11-16

I have also made a instructable that is a solar oven, and it is just as cheap, but more efficent!

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gaiatechnician (author)2009-05-02

I have started an instructable on the "Kyoto Trough" Which IS new. The "kyoto" part of the name is inspired by the winning combination of words in Kyoto Box. I have not made one yet but I have put a LOT of work into it! Anybody want to make one?

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PlayPatterns (author)2009-04-23

Yeah I saw this and was surprised as you are.

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Kryptonite (author)2009-04-12

Seriously wth? that's not new! *shakes head in slight disgust* Oh well, at least we can use this in our advantage... maybe.

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jessyratfink (author)2009-04-10

Who knew you could win that much money with about an hour of work? I'll just have to be a health educator full time and an idea recycler for the rest of it. ;)

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comodore (author)2009-04-10

LoL I agree on that simpler is always better, but this is just too simple...

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Tool Using Animal (author)2009-04-09

Bwahaha, there's a system, the trick is knowing how to game it. I've seen people build those as a Senior Design project, disgusting.

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gmjhowe (author)2009-04-09

I agree with your point, places in spain harvest energy like this all the time. With alot of people making them in their back gardens..

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