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Japan Uncovers Moss-Covered Vending Machines

Japan is responsible for (yet) another novel vending machine – this time taking on the concept of ‘green vending’ in an entirely new (and literal) sense. The solar-powered moss-covered machine is one of the latest innovations to be born in the vending-obsessed land of Japan. Top electronics manufacturer: Fuji Electric, developed the idea, and a prototype of the eco-friendly vending machine is already in existence.

As the eco-movement gains momentum, attempting to develop the latest, greatest, most efficient vending machine is beginning to become a popular sport amongst some of the big players; Coca-Cola were amongst the first to showcase prototypes of solar-powered vending machines.

While the concept of powering vending machines with solar energy may no longer be unheard of, this is certainly the first report we have encountered of a moss-clad vending machine.

The manufacturer’s intentions behind adhering moss to vending machines are primarily to provide them with decent insulation (and therefore energy conservation) during winter months. Additional reasoning behind the idea is that the natural covering would help to brighten up inner city environments, while conversely also helping vending machines in more rural locations to stay more in keeping with their natural surroundings.

Though as one might expect, the job of the solar panels is to supply power to the vending machine and its internal refrigeration unit, which helps to keep the food and drink products fresh and cool.

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