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.
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.