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Minimalism: Reduce Before You Reuse

Most often when we discuss our ecological footprint, we like to talk about turning off lights before we leave the house, taking shorter showers, and washing clothes on a cold cycle. The fact is, there is an even greater conversation to be had. It’s not about how we USE the products and services around us, but our approach to ownership.

Enter Minimalism. A new lifestyle approach which focusses on REDUCING before we even have to reuse or recycle. People are buying 4 times as much clothing than they did 20 years ago. Whether fuelled by the fast fashion industry, or the ‘Apple consumer’ mindset of buying immediate device upgrades, Minimalism offers a lifestyle alternative which is known to increase personal happiness and our positive effect on the environment. You can read more about the relationship between Minimalism and the environment here!

Can Power Plants Reverse Air Pollution?

We’ve done it! The world finally has its first negative emissions power plant. This might seem like an oxymoron, but to the environmentally passionate team at Climeworks, it’s their job.

They’ve managed to modify a geothermal plant in Iceland, to not only generate power, but to remove carbon dioxide from the air around it. What’s more? They power their carbon capture technology through residual waste heat generated by the plant. You can read more here.

Coca-Cola Leads the Way In Renewable Packaged Goods

In Coca-Cola’s attempt to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels, we can all look forward to the implementation of their PlantBottle. The product is made entirely of sugar-cane derived plastic, with the goal of using exclusively green packaging by 2020. Coca-Cola hopes to lead the packaged goods industry away from its dependence on non-renewably sourced plastic.

Their comments: “It hasn’t been an easy task, but it shows our commitment to doing the right thing int he right way.”

You can read more here.

Fisheries On Demand: The Future of Aquaculture

Last year the United States of America consumed 4.8 billion pounds of seafood, 50% of which is supported by fish farms. A method of fishing consisting of isolating a ‘pen’ of water to securely harvest fish from. What’s the problem with this? In addition to the societal overconsumption of fish, fish farms are stationary. This means that the pens are trapped within the produced waste of millions of fish. This often leads to disease, and the complete desertification and destruction of nearby ecosystems from increased toxicity.

Cue an innovative solution: InnovaSea is attempting to create free-floating domes which will seemingly solve the problem. What’s more? Not only will these pods ensure that the produced waste is distributed across the ocean safely and effectively, but these pods will actually utilize ocean currents to DELIVER matured fish to shipping ports across the world.

To see the effects of a collaboration between innovation, business and nature the following video goes into amazing details about the Aquapod A3600.  And as always, feel free to read more at this link. 

 

The UK’s Plan to Reduce Power Usage? Machine Learning

Alphabet’s London-based AI outfit DeepMind and the National Grid are in early-stage talks to reduce the UK’s power usage by as much as 10% purely through neural networks and machine learning—no new infrastructure required.

Read more:

https://arstechnica.co.uk/information-technology/2017/03/deepmind-national-grid-machine-learning/

How Can Algae Replace Water Bottles

Did you know that traditional plastic water bottles can take from 450 – 1000 years to fully decompose. Icelandic inventor, Ari Jónsson developed a creative solution to our problem of plastic overconsumption: biodegradable algae-based water bottles. He is part of a growing group of product developers who look to nature to solve for inspiration. Who knows, in future years we may be seeing a growth of algae-based plastics in the consumer market?

Project Mose -Venice’s Creative Solution to Holding Back the Tide

MOSE Barrier, overview and details

In Venice, Italy- a tourist destination known for their intricate and iconic canal systems, they are already experiencing the worst effects of our rising sea levels. When the tide is in, water from the ocean floods into the lowest parts of their city – affecting people’s homes and their livelihood.  Click here to learn about the gargantuan, world-defining solution that engineers and businessmen from around the world are contributing to. You can also click here to see Project Mose’s first successful test of their flood gates.

 

 

Uber Drivers In London Make the Switch to Electric Cars

 

As local and global communities around the world begin to acknowledge both the necessity and merit of electric vehicles, we can expect to see policy changes reflecting this shift. Just recently, Uber chose to make a bold stance on this topic through their London, UK, headquarters. They committed themselves to ensuring that all ride-sharing and ride-hailing vehicles in their fleet  are run by electric motors by as early as 2020. Read more here to keep up to date on the impactful social and business decision made by Uber.

How Does Your Diet Impact Our Planet?

Happy Earth Day everyone! People are always cautious about how the food they eat will affect their body, but have you ever wondered how the food you eat affects the planet? Check out this article from NPR which touches on similar themes that CEEC 2017 speaker, Kip Anderson, spoke of to our incredible delegates. It just goes to show how incredibly connected everything, and the importance of being sustainable in every aspect of our lives!

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.