For most people, it doesn’t even occur to them that there might be something to do about wasted energy from their morning shower, aside from reducing the amount of water used via a low-flow shower head. But Montreal, Canada-based Ecodrain may have a solution.
Author: Paul Smith
While sustainable food packaging has had many innovations over the year, improbably named Brazilian fast food restaurant Bob’s has taken a huge step to both innovate and normalize things, with completely edible burger wrappers.
Ghana must generate 10 percent of its electricity from alternative sources by 2020, and it has cast an eye on quite an unorthodox, yet plentifully available resource: human excrement.
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FlightCar combines peer-to peer-car sharing with centralized airport locations to facilitate exchanges.
Getting new product ideas funded via sites like Kickstarter is gaining increasing traction. But at the same time, the reality of actually manufacturing the product at scale, let alone run a business, has caused many businesses to stop at the starting block. CrowdHut, with its diverse bank of experts, aims to fill that gap.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is an enormous ocean island of our trash, sitting between Japan and California. Up until now, nobody’s know what to do with all that waste. Method has now created recycled packaging that uses plastic waste collected in Hawaii, a frequent end point for GPGP waste.
A small device is creating a big buzz on Kickstarter: The ReadySet is a plug and play charging/power source that can take a near unlimited set of inputs, powering a huge range of devices. This has relevance both in far off the grid developing countries and back here in the States as well.
While most companies reward employees with things like pizza parties, bonus casual days or time off, Clif Bar went a different route, giving all of its employees a custom bicycle. Why you may want to consider the same.
Nissan’s marketing to date for the LEAF has largely blundered its way along with polar bear ads and new age billboards aimed purely at treehuggers. Now, it aims to make a mass market push with much more concrete messaging aimed at tech and green consumers.
Companies have gone to great lengths to make their packaging more sustainable, but Dutch company Joolz has gone a simpler, brand valuable move: Make its packaging easily converted into useful objects themselves, from lampshades to chairs.
Sustainable fashion has largely been an oxymoron, due to the fleeting nature of fashion. Until now. Refinity has developed a fabric ink that is removable, enabling the design of an outfit to be updated numerous times.
OAT has introduced a line of shoes that is fully biodegradable, will sprout flowers, and has current day styling that eschews the hippie cliches for a no compromise conscious consumer choice.
In many urban environments and college towns, people don’t own laundry machines. La Machine du Voison (“The Neighbor’s Machine”) aims to connect those who do with those who need one.
The phone booth has lagged far behind its mobile cousin, fast becoming a vandalism prone relic of a bygone time. The Smart Booth aims to change that, offering wifi, touch screen enabled local information, pollution monitoring, security surveillance useful to area police, and more.