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  1. #1 Just Wanting to Save the World 
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    Hey guys I just found the forum and am so glad I did. Im an engineer and entrepreneur who wants to help fight the way things have been going lately. I don't want to let our planet slowly be pillaged into oblivion and love what everybody on the forum is doing.

    I want to do my part and put my skills to work for good. Anyone have any ideas for products that could push the green initiative and help the environment they would like to have but could never find?

    I do know what to do, only that helping is what I want and hope somebody has a cool idea I can help bring into the world.

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    How about a car that makes its own fuel from hydrogen it makes onboard?


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    Such a car is a perpetual motion machine. No.

    Well MattBnB, there are many products delivering a feel-good to naive environmentalist consumers, which are no good at all when one takes the whole production and disposal cycle into account. Perhaps you could take a deep look at some of these and offer honest alternatives, sold by revealing the true environmental costs of yours vs. others.

    I can say for Canada we currently have an unspeakable hole in just how a person can responsibly and properly clean a paintbrush. Try it yourself with the info and products available, and you'll understand if not sympathize with most Canadians pouring volumes of solvent down a drain or discarding every brush they use.
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    Work on making hydrogen a more workable fuel. It burns perfectly clean but is hard to store, and expensive to make from water. Both of those are engineering problems. More work has been done on the storage issues but the problem of the cost of recoveing it from water is the real problem. It seems like a no brainer since the raw material is essentially free and, if sunlight is used as the energy source, so is the energy. However the devil is in the details. Solve this one and the world will be a much better place and you will get rich into the bargin.
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    Make a list of materials that people use everyday for personal hygiene. Try replacing the artificially manufactured products with natural alternatives. Lots of research and coordination on the net will help.
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    Prime example of feel-good consumer product.

    If we believe we can shop our way to sustainability, we are all gonna die.
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    I can say for Canada we currently have an unspeakable hole in just how a person can responsibly and properly clean a paintbrush. Try it yourself with the info and products available, and you'll understand if not sympathize with most Canadians pouring volumes of solvent down a drain or discarding every brush they use
    Wouldn't it be more prudent to only allow water based paints to be used?
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    Water based coatings may not provide the desired finish, and they're much less durable... so you have to re-apply more frequently, and ultimately consume double or more of the product. The Canadian solution, thanks to globalization, is to have products such as flooring, siding, furniture, etc. finished (stained/painted/varnished) offshore, with what actually works best but we Canadians disdain to use in our own country. In other words, we get Chinese and Malaysians to do our dirty work. ...Er, sorry for the rant... Anyway, people are going to need solvent-cleanup paints and varnishes for many decades to come, and there's a lot of denial about how consumers deal with this cleanup. Denial in regulatory agencies, industry, product labeling, and denial/ignorance by the consumers themselves. I think better than ban materials because people handle them ineptly, give people realistic equipment and directions for safe material cleanup and disposal. This is where someone "Just Wanting to Save the World" steps up with a well-conceived product, suite of products, or kit.
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    The first rule of trying to do something right, is to do your research.

    Be skeptical, and do not believe everything you are told. Study the issues to make sure that what you decide to do is indeed the right thing, and not simply what some idiot has as unsupported opinion. Use good scientific principles as the basis for such study.
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    Don't know if it would fall under engineering, but a fertilizer or pesticide that don't runoff into water and strip the soil of nutrients
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    The solution to that one is genetic engineering, to make crops that fix their own nitrogen, and use less phosphate. Researchers are already hard at work to achieve that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmictraveler View Post
    How about a car that makes its own fuel from hydrogen it makes onboard?
    How about a pig that consumes its own flesh to live? Do you see why this can't work? A perpetual porker!
    And what does the Lord require of you but to love justice, to be merciful and to walk humbly with Him?
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    Quote Originally Posted by parag29081973 View Post
    Make a list of materials that people use everyday for personal hygiene. Try replacing the artificially manufactured products with natural alternatives. Lots of research and coordination on the net will help.
    I think Africans, I mean like Congo villagers, have a soap plant that they use to wash clothes. That would be worth investigating.
    And what does the Lord require of you but to love justice, to be merciful and to walk humbly with Him?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 甘肃人 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by cosmictraveler View Post
    How about a car that makes its own fuel from hydrogen it makes onboard?
    How about a pig that consumes its own flesh to live? Do you see why this can't work? A perpetual porker!
    They have a habit of nibbling each other and that definitely doesn't work. (The problem is called tail biting)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robittybob1 View Post
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    How about a car that makes its own fuel from hydrogen it makes onboard?
    How about a pig that consumes its own flesh to live? Do you see why this can't work? A perpetual porker!
    They have a habit of nibbling each other and that definitely doesn't work. (The problem is called tail biting)
    Here is one of many links showing how some people have already been doing research into building such a device for very cheap and can be added to any car.

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...xAbJ-gaHgmXV6w
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    The internet is full of crackpot web sites. Hydrogen can, indeed, be made from water. But it requires the input of massive amonts of energy. If the source of that energy is fossil fuels, you end up using far more fossil fuel for every mile travelled than if you just used gasoline to drive your car.

    The only way hydrogen could be economically made for vehicles, is in giant plants, with massive electrical energy inputs. Smaller plants are much less efficient and waste energy like crazy. If a small plant is made to manufacture hydrogen, and if it was economic, it would make world headlines. Guess what? It hasn't!

    The future may hold special hydrogen making systems, but they will not appear in obscure internet web pages. They will be published in reputable peer reviewed scientific journals, and hit the headlines in major global newspapers.
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    Occasionally Cole imagines ways in which he can make the Earth a perfect place. A place where his boys can chill and relax, a place where pain didn’t exist,a place where crime never occurred at day or night, a place where everyone provide a helping hand to each other.
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