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Dutch Artist Daan Roosegaarde Is Turning Beijing’s Smog into Jewelry

At the helm of Studio Roosegaarde, a team of over 20 engineers, designers, and other creatives based in a Rotterdam studio he calls the Dream Factory, Daan Roosegaarde is working to create environmentally pure and aesthetically pleasing everyday solutions to the problems arising from climate change.

You may have heard of the studio’s internationally acclaimed Smog Free project, for which they’ve created the world’s largest vacuum tower to convert smog into clear air in Beijing. What’s more, they’re using the carbon-rich smog to make jewelry.

“We live in a world where we’re feeding our dreams and hopes into a virtual cloud—be it WeChat, Weibo, Twitter, Facebook—but the physical world is sort of crashing around us, and almost nobody cares about it,” says Roosegaarde. To counter, the 37-year-old multihyphenate—his many hats include artist, designer, architect, inventor, and entrepreneur—has found a new niche, or “a new playground,” at the intersection of environmental concerns and creativity.

Africa’s New Biofuel Literally Grows on Trees!

The Croton megalocarpus tree is common throughout much of East and Central Africa, and until now it has been used for little more than firewood.

The nuts of the tree have been shown to contain high concentrations of oil and protein, and they are now being used to produce a fuel that could serve as a clean alternative to diesel.

With an abundant supply of croton nuts available at minimal cost, a new industry is emerging with sky-high ambitions.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/28/africa/croton-nuts-biofuel-aes/index.html

Saving the Oceans One Step at a Time

Adidas has been working tirelessly over the past year to create a shoe design that utilizes one of the most detrimental forces against our ocean ecosystem- plastic waste. They are producing close to 7,000 pairs of these Eco-friendly shoes, with the ultimate goal of eliminating virgin plastic from their supply chain altogether. To find out more, check them out here.

When Crowdfunding Meets Green Tech

solar-power-to-peopleLearn what happens when crowdfunding is used as a model to fund green technology across the world. Start-up company, Mosaic, connects individuals wanting to invest in solar energy with projects across the country, all in an effort to tear down the financial barrier to the solar market. To read more about how you can get involved in this innovative process click here.

Tesla’s Revolutionary Roofing

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October 28th marks the day that powering homes has changes forever. Tesla has unveiled their new solar roof tiles, bringing the possibility of solar energy onto all our houses. These tiles are stylish, more durable than clay, slate or terracotta, and of course come with the ability to power a standard home. To learn more about this incredible new technology, click here.

Homegrown: How to Grow a Forest in Your Own Backyard

This incredible Ted Talk from Shubhendu Sharma shows us that it is possible to have nature in our own backyards. Learn how to grow a 100 year old forest in just ten years through engineered soil, microbes and biomass to kickstart the natural growth process.

Wind Turbine Trees- A Green Solution for Urban Environments

 

A new type of greenery has been popping up all over France, but these aren’t your typical trees. The French based company New Wind has made traditional, loud wind turbines a thing of the past with their new sleek and modern design. The “trees” are 8m tall and each have 63 aeroleaves. Inside each “leaf” is a blade which can capture and generate wind electricity at speeds as low as 7km/h. Over the course of a year, each tree could power up to 83% of a standard household’s needs, or an electric car for over 1300km. Learn more about this green technology here.

 

 

Inspiration Hour with 5 Companies Dedicated to Sustainability

Take a few minutes out of your day to hear from 5 incredible CEOs of companies dedicated to sustainability in their products, and their processes. Jessica Alba touches on founding The Honest Company, Yvon Chouinard speaks about his company Patagonia, acting as an activist, rather than a business, and much more. Click here to see more from these amazing individuals.