Eco Innovations - March 2014
27 Mar 2014|Added Value
Cleaning the seas to make jeans
Multi-platinum musician Pharrell announced the launch of a new line of eco-friendly jeans, G Star Raw for the Oceans, made out of marine pollution that has been repurposed into thread. No stranger to commercialization, Pharrell is also the co-owner of Bionic Yarn, the smart fabric company behind this eco-innovation. The sustainable, fashionable line continues to raise consumer awareness about the plight of the oceans. Find out more here
Biomimicry builds better batteries
Pomegranates, the legendary fruit which tempted Persephone in the Greek underworld, are best known for their powerful antioxidants and tightly packed seeds. Inspired by their design, scientists at Stanford University have created a rechargeable battery which uses many seeds of charge within one cell, capable of storing 10 times more charge than current lithium batteries. Perhaps the days of having to carry laptop chargers to meetings ‘just in case’ will soon be behind us. Read more here.
Idle smartphones to save society?
Samsung has developed an app called ‘Power Sleep’ which enables cancer researchers at the University of Vienna to process protein data more quickly by crowd sourcing the computing processor power of idle smart phones overnight. All the consumer has to do is activate the app’s built-in alarm clock and drift off to sleep… Find out more here
A revolution for water resources
Israeli company Water-Gen has come up with a novel approach to ensuring troops can access water when they need it most. Rather than focusing on water transportation, they have developed three water creation devices – one that turns air moisture into drinking water, one that purifies the dribbles of air-conditioning units, and one that purifies any water source (such as a small stream), even if it’s been poisoned by an enemy. Beneficial for troops around the world (it’s already been bought by the armies of seven different countries including the US and the UK)we also look forward to see what its implications could be for civilians in areas of drought. Read more here.
Creating compost in your kitchen in 3 hours?
The carbon footprint from food waste is bigger than the pollution generated from driving an average car. Some of the impact comes when the food goes to the landfill – where 25% of the food in our fridges is likely to end up – since rotting scraps release the potent greenhouse gas methane. A new countertop composter ‘The Food Cycler’ seeks to minimalize this by converting food waste into fertilizer in just three hours. The company has recently launched a crowdfunding campaign and hopes to bring recycling into the home for those who don’t have gardens to compost their household waste. Read more here.
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