Japan’s newest vending machine absorbs CO2 from the environment

Eco-friendly system turns vending machines into metallic trees. 

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A visit to Green Lawson, the futuristic Japanese convenience store where you get served by an avatar

Strangely, this convenience store turns out to be surprisingly inconvenient…

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Lawson to be first convenience store to save winter snow…for summer air conditioning?!

On November 1, Lawson is opening a new store in chilly Akita Prefecture. Nothing particularly surprising about this–it seems like a new conbini opens nearly every day in Japan. However, this store will have some rather unique features.

In addition to solar panels, improved insulation, and LED light bulbs, this branch will also be testing out some new environmentally friendly features: Saving winter snow for summer air conditioning and using sunlight to heat the store!

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