Good New Book: Product Design in the Sustainable Era

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We're suckers for big, shiny design books-- especially ones about sustainable design, of course. This one, put together by a Brazilian product design and a graphic designer, is full of almost 200 interesting designs. Everything from clocks that run on soil, to water purifiers, to (ahem) washable maxi pads. We've picked out a few of our favorites after the jump.

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1. The Dell Studio Hybrid, shown above, is not only much smaller and better looking than the typical desktop computer, it also uses 70% less power, and meets Energy Star standards.
2. The super-cute BugPlug shuts down devices using standby power unnecessarily, by automatically monitoring them.
3. The Better Place Charge Spot is a sleek, nicely-designed electric car charger made for mass production, so that new infrastructure can be put in place around the world.

There's much, much more in the book, obviously-- check it out. Our only quibble with the book? The text is written in English, French, and German, making for lots of extra pages...and coffee-table-sized art books already take up a lot of paper.

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