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Introducing a Portable Kayak You Can Carry on Your Back

For a lot of adventurers, a day of kayaking often involves first strapping a full-size kayak to the roof of a car and sometimes carrying it overland. Pakayak, a Connecticut-based company, has developed a hard-shell kayak that promises to eliminate that hassle. The 14-foot Pakayak can be broken down to a more manageable size so that it can be easily stored and carried along.

Made of a plastic resin, the portable Pakayak weighs 55 pounds and uses a tongue-and-groove system with silicone gaskets between its sections and clamps to form a watertight seal. When disassembled, the kayak becomes six pieces that fit inside one another to form a 3-foot-long object. Those pieces are small enough to fit inside the company's "Mac Daddy Bag" alongside a four-piece paddle. And when you've reached your destination, you can reassemble the boat and be in the water in around five minutes, according to Pakayak.

The company recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to put Pakayaks on the market, and the $427,325 goal has already been met and surpassed. But you can still reserve your own Pakayak for $1495.

[h/t Thrillist]

Banner image credit: Pakayak on Facebook

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Drink Your Coffee Out of a Cup Made From Coffee Waste
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Your coffee habit isn’t exactly good for the environment. For one thing, 30 to 50 percent of the original coffee plant harvested (by weight) ends up as agricultural waste, and there aren’t many uses for coffee husks and pulp. While coffee pulp can be made into flour, and in Ethiopia husks are used to brew a type of coffee called bruno, typically most of the byproducts of your morning coffee go to waste.

Huskee has another use for coffee husks. The company makes stylish coffee cups, returning coffee back to its original home inside the husk, in a sense. The dishwasher-friendly and microwavable cups are made of husks from coffee farms in Yunnan, China. The material won’t burn your hands, but it keeps your coffee warm as well as a ceramic mug would.

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Designed for both home and restaurant use, the cups come in 6-ounce, 8-ounce, and 12-ounce sizes with saucers. The company is also working on a lid so that the cups can be used on the go.

Huskee estimates that a single coffee drinker is responsible for around 6.6 pounds of husk waste per year, which doesn’t sound like much until you begin to consider how many coffee lovers there are in the world. That’s somewhere around 1.49 million tons per year, according to the company. Though coffee husks are sometimes used for animal feed, we could use a few more ways to recycle them. And if it happens to be in the form of an attractive coffee mug, so be it.

A four-pack of cups is about $37 on Kickstarter. The product is scheduled to ship before February 2018.

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100 Street Artists Turned This College Dorm in Paris Into a Graffiti Gallery

This summer, a college dorm in Paris received a colorful—albeit temporary—interior makeover after dozens of graffiti artists joined forces to adorn its walls, ceilings, and floors with collages, murals, and painted designs.

As My Modern Met reports, the artists spent three weeks painting the student residence at the Cité Internationale Universitaire as part of Rehab 2, an urban festival held from June 16 to July 16. The school will soon undergo renovations, so the artworks aren’t long for this world—but luckily for street art fans, pictures of the vibrant graffiti have been posted on social media for our prolonged enjoyment.

Check some of them out below:

[h/t My Modern Met]

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