Funny Green Japanese Inventions

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Funny Green Japanese Inventions

Have a laugh with these eco-friendly, and very funny, Japanese inventions!
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7 weird Japanese inventions that try to be #green. Some are ok, some miss the mark . . . big time. via @Greenopolis
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 10:48am


I love a good laugh, but not just any type of laugh. I’m talking about a guttural laugh that can frighten any passerby, yet also make them laugh because it’s contagious. I recently stumbled across a book called The Big Bento Box of Unuseless Japanese Inventions, and let me tell you, I’ve never laughed so hard in my entire life!

The best thing about the book is that it features a few “green” inventions that are meant to be useful, but they’re so silly that I couldn’t help but laugh and wonder about the sanity of the inventor, all at the same time! Even my pug Isabella (featured above with the book), had a hard time keeping a straight face. Still, I wanted to share them with you all because sometimes a good laugh is hard to find.

Here are a few of the eco-friendly “unuseless” Japanese inventions:

Soap Recycler

How can you turn that tiny slither of a soap bar into a whole new bar of soap? Just stick it in the soap recycler container with a few other soap remnants, turn the crank and then voila, a multi-layered bar of soap! Clever? Yes. Sanitary? Probably not.

Solar-Powered Lighter

Tired of your lighter running out of fluid? Are you all out of stolen hotel matchbooks? Then try the solar-powered lighter! May not be suitable for children under 12 or people who like to set bugs on fire.

Environmentally Friendly Mosquito Nets

If you enjoy camping in the outdoors, or if you happen to have a comfy hammock that you sleep in at night, you can stay mosquito-free with these amazing nets! You’ll definitely make a fashion statement, but I can’t promise that it will be a good one.

Fresh Air Mask 

If you’re tired of inhaling toxic city fumes and you want to get back to Mother Nature, then try this oversized and awkward-to-carry fresh air mask. I hear that once you get a whiff of the plant you start to imagine that you’re running through a country field of fresh flowers! (You just have to disregard the smell of plastic wrap and tubing.)

Portable Countryside

If the fresh air mask doesn’t take you to the country, then this sure will! Feel like a true naturalist (or environmental outcast) when you walk around with this stylish plant transporter. It even provides an organic snack when you’re caught at a crosswalk.

Nature Lovers’ Footwear

You can be a professional and also get down and dirty with nature with these awesome shoes! Ladies, these shoes give new meaning to the term “open-toed.” Gentlemen, your boss won’t even know that you have holes on the bottom of your feet, unless they start to smell…

Nostril Plugs

Tired of inhaling toxic fumes put out by the neighborhood-friendly power plant? Try these nostril blockers, which contain replaceable charcoal filters! Warning: May cause you to walk around with your mouth wide open.

I love the wacky stuff that the Japanese come up with! So, what do you think about these inventions? is dedicated to our users. We focus our attention on changing the world through recycling, waste-to-energy and conservation. We reward our users for their sustainable behavior on our website, through our Greenopolis recycling kiosks and with curbside recycling programs.