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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Learn 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.
Take a peek into the Steam Whistle brewery and hear from Sybil Taylor, the Steam Whistle Communications Director, about the company’s humble beginnings and commitment to sustainability from the very start.
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.