Beirut-based Nadim Inaty designed the Green Wheel – a zany exercise machine concept that harvests kinetic energy and converts it into electricity. Comprised of a single unit complete with a bench and patches of real grass, the green wheel features three different levels for runners of varying strengths and produces roughly enough energy in 30 minutes to charge 12 mobile phones. Given energy shortages that leave some parts of Lebanon without power for up to twelve hours at a time, not to mention more than a few big bellies, the point is also to enable runners to donate their energy for a good cause in exchange for a decent place to exercise. The Green Wheel not only promotes greater health and a sustainable approach to design, but it also encourages a spirit of community and generosity, both of which are in great need everywhere.
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