background preloader

Resource Saving

Facebook Twitter

Beeing - Your bees, your honey. Change recycling for good, from the corner of your kitchen. Dutch Students Make A Car Completely Out Of Recycled Materials. These Guys Found A Way To Make Leather Out Of Cactus Leaves To Help Save The Environment. “This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet”—Barack Obama once said.

These Guys Found A Way To Make Leather Out Of Cactus Leaves To Help Save The Environment

Even though saving the planet can sound like a huge and quite vague concept, there’s always a small step that each of us can take. Though some people prefer going big (and not going home). And when they do so, they manage to invent something entirely innovative that leaves the rest of us totally fascinated. We’re talking about two entrepreneurs from México—Adrián López Velarde and Marte Cázarez—who developed a method of transforming cacti into vegan leather that looks and feels exactly like the real thing.

More info: | Instagram | Facebook | The Tomahawk Missile Now Runs on Corn. PO1 Carmichael Yepez/DVIDS Modern cruise missiles are powered by turbine engines running off JP-10.

The Tomahawk Missile Now Runs on Corn

Scientists at Los Alamos National Labs have created a new formulation of JP-10 that uses feedstocks instead of petroleum.The result is a domestic, renewable fuel source that the lab believes will be significantly cheaper to use. Traveling from London to Oslo by train for Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019. When 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg sailed across the Atlantic in late August to attend the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York City, it was perhaps the most high-profile case yet of “flight shaming,” a growing movement urging people to avoid air travel and the greenhouse gas emissions that come with taking planes.

Traveling from London to Oslo by train for Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019

As it happens, this was also the year I challenged myself to travel less and use as little resources as possible when I do. EWP starts testing combined wave/solar power system. We first encountered Eco Wave Power back in 2012 when the company began testing a novel wave energy harvesting system that turned the rise and fall of coastal waters into electricity.

EWP starts testing combined wave/solar power system

The system went from the lab to the real world in 2016, and a second grid-connected project was announced for Jaffa Port in Israel earlier this year. Now EWP is looking to get more from its energy harvesters by adding solar. EWP says that its latest venture came about after clients showed interest in having a number of different renewable energy sources as part of their energy mix. Solar or wind farms could be an option, but not every location has enough space available for such things.

Green R&D - Hypergiant. Algae is a single-celled organism that is capable of multiplying rapidly through the absorption of sunlight and carbon dioxide.

Green R&D - Hypergiant

It is considered one of nature’s most efficient machines. Algae can be grown nearly anywhere and it requires very few nutrients to survive. Bioreactor absorbs CO2 400x more effectively than trees. When it comes to organic processes that we can leverage to tackle the runaway problem of climate change, the carbon-absorbing abilities of algae may be one of the most potent tools at our disposal.

Bioreactor absorbs CO2 400x more effectively than trees

For years, scientists have been studying this natural phenomena in hope of tackling greenhouse gas emissions and producing eco-friendly biofuels, and now US company Hypergiant Industries has packaged the tech up into a box-shaped machine that can soak up as much carbon from the atmosphere as an acre of trees. Through the process of photosynthesis, the aquatic plant algae soaks up carbon dioxide, water and sunlight to produce energy. Naturally, the plant will use this energy to multiply and grow, but scientists have been experimenting with ways to capture it and convert it into biofuels instead, with some promising results. The newly announced Eos Bioreactor might look like someone left a giant Xbox in the garden, but Hypergiant Industries isn’t looking to play games here.

Vollebak's plant and algae T-shirt can biodegrade in just 12 weeks. Time is running out for sand. What links the building you live in, the glass you drink from and the computer you work on?

Time is running out for sand

Sand. It is a key ingredient of modern life and yet, astonishingly, no-one knows how much sand there is or how much is being mined. Sand and gravel make up the most extracted group of materials, even exceeding fossil fuels1. Urbanization and global population growth are fuelling an explosion in demand, especially in China, India and Africa2. Plastic collected by The Ocean Cleanup will be burned for electricity. Dutch non-profit The Ocean Cleanup plans to burn some of the plastic it collects from the Pacific Ocean, Dezeen has learned.

Plastic collected by The Ocean Cleanup will be burned for electricity

Designers and environmentalists say the move "makes no sense". Cotton waste finds new life as eco-friendly plastic. Heat and carbon turn plastic waste into jet fuel. China claims to have 'cracked' low cost production of lithium, political implications could be huge. In an article from May 14, the SCMP reports on an effort by the Chinese government to more easily separate lithium from other metals that are found in the same brines where it is produced.

China claims to have 'cracked' low cost production of lithium, political implications could be huge

Currently, sorting lithium salts away from salts formed by magnesium requires multiple steps as the compounds are both physically similar and hard to separate with common chemical processes. China claims to have greatly simplified that process. Not only that, they claim this new, easier means of extracting lithium is already in commercial use inside China. If true, it would allow them to produce lithium from lower quality brines, and generate more lithium more quickly. The result could be that lithium produced from China can undercut the world market by a huge factor. Cube video captures the ocean’s plastic threat and designer’s solutions. As part of Design Insider’s MATERIALS series, cube video co-produced, shot and edited a documentary looking at how design can combat the plastic problem in ‘living with plastics’. the documentary depicts dismaying shots of divers in a sea of pollution and garbage-lined beaches in the UK. the desaturated tones and nostalgic music during the first couple minutes set the tone for the planet’s concerning and dire future relationship with the material. yet, the film interviews five professionals who may have the key for the issue. all images from cube video‘s MATERIALS ‘living with plastics’ documentary over the last few years, humans have been shown how bad the problem is with plastic pollution, and by 2050 it is widely reported that the amount of plastic in the sea will outweigh the amount of fish!

Meal-prep kits better for environment than a trip to the store, study finds. Meal-prep kits are often more environmentally friendly than the average trip to the grocery store, according to a University of Michigan study.

Meal-prep kits better for environment than a trip to the store, study finds

Researchers at the School of Environment and Sustainability found that, on average, while kits provided by companies like Blue Apron, Sun Basket and HelloFresh often do involve more packaging waste, the emissions for grocery store meals carried two kilograms more of carbon dioxide per meal than those of the meal-prep kits. “There are lots of people who really liked meal kits but were saying ‘Ah, there’s so much plastic and I feel so bad because [it’s] so terrible environmentally,” said Dr Shelie Miller, one of the primary researchers.

“I said ‘You know, I bet if we take a bigger picture look, they may not turn out to be that bad.’ Just largely because of the pre-portioned ingredients and potentially, the lack of food waste.” “It really is the food and the food waste that dictate the environmental impact,” Miller said. Supermarket uses banana leaves to wrap produce instead of plastic and people are loving it. A supermarket was spotted opting out of using plastic to wrap their produce. Instead, they are choosing to use something biodegradable, aesthetically beautiful, non-toxic, waterproof, and much cheaper than plastic. They are bundling their fruits and vegetables with banana leaves! Good News Network reports the store is being praised around the world.

The leaves, which are also humidity-resistant, are wrapped around the produce and tied together with flexible bamboo. Since banana leaves are so common in the tropics, they are available for free, which saves supermarket owners money. This is not a brand new idea. The photos of leaf-wrapped produce below are now being shared by thousands and viewed by millions after realty company Perfect Homes ChiangMai published the images on their Facebook page.

800-horsepower electric supercar hopes to usher in the methanol fuel cell age. Thomas vailly and atelier luma transform sunflowers to biodegradable materials. New process converts unrecyclable glass into saleable product. Energy Vault – Ground-breaking energy storage technology enabling a planet powered by renewable resources. Alternative Energy Technologies. Environmentally-friendly bricks made from sewage-treatment byproduct. The Era Of Easy Recycling May Be Coming To An End. Sustainable 'plastics' are on the horizon: New sustainable biopolymer technology may one day free the world of its worst pollutant. China breeds super cockroach to eat away 50-tonne-a-day waste problem. Wood-based sponge hates water but loves oil. SodaStream embarks on marine waste cleanup mission in Honduras.

Environmentally-friendly fabric created from microbial cellulose. Print Your City! turns plastic waste into 3D-printed street furniture. The Netherlands Is Paving Its Roads With Recycled Toilet Paper. A new life for olive oil waste. When olive oil is produced commercially, olives are crushed and mixed with water in mills. Sciencemag. How a Haitian village cooks with sunlight. Selah: Water from Stone. A fleet of trucks just drove themselves across Europe. "Light recycling" tech could save incandescent bulbs from obsolescence. Incandescent light bulbs may put out a warmer-looking, more familiar type of light than LEDs or compact fluorescents, but they're far less efficient – the majority of the energy they use is wasted, mainly in the form of heat. Technology may save them yet, however. Scientists at MIT and Purdue University have developed an ultra-efficient new incandescent bulb that reuses the heat it gives off, converting that heat into more light.

NASA's Game-Changing Plan To Save Coral Reefs. Cheap, waterless toilet that turns waste into clean water and power to be trialed in Africa. How Dow Chemical Is Turning Sewage Into a Refreshing Drink. Fredrik ausinsch imagines collector drone for algae abundance in the baltic sea. WaterStillar readies roll-out of scaleable solar water distiller. Water conservation has costly — and stinky — downsides. So Elon Musk's Hyperloop Is Actually Getting Kinda Serious. Shade balls are California's most mesmerizing water-saving trick. E-waste: What we throw away doesn't go away. The Electronic Afterlife. Air2Nitrous International: HOME. Air2Nitrous device claimed to cut vehicle exhaust emissions by 90 percent. Shoe That Grows gives poor kids footwear that fits for years.

California’s Epic Drought: One Year of Water Left. The way to strike gold is to have a mine like a sewer - tech - 23 March 2015. After hearing this myth-buster, I'll never think the same again about paper bags, lettuce, or gold. A Thirsty, Violent World - The New Yorker. History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places. Soon we could make all sorts of things from sawdust. Barsha pump provides irrigation water, but doesn't need fuel. Sainsbury’s supermarket to be powered entirely by its own food waste. 12 Natural Garment Washes and Detergents. Surprising Material Could Play Role in Saving Energy. This Amazing Invention Is Saving Countless Lives After Typhoon Haiyan. Modifying Nature (Humans Included) To Save It — Futures Exchange.

Can This Water-Recycling Shower Save $1,000 in Bills? Can London run on its own fat? Is Fixed Price Energy A Good Deal? Utilities Wake Up – Rooftop Solar to Rival Conventional Power. Hydrogen cars now one step closer. Dream City: Air conditioning is a public good! Scientists developing a seawater-desalination chip. Breakthrough Design By 18 y.o. Charges Batteries In Seconds.

Google pushes new plan for utility-supplied renewable energy. Wind, solar provide half Germany's energy output. Urban Green Council report: How New York City could cut emissions by 90 percent by 2050. PureMadi filters clean water and create jobs in the third world. How a Country With One of the World's Largest Economies Is Ditching Fossil Fuels. 10 Awesome Gadgets To Reuse Water. Peak Oil Review - Oct 15. Sponsored by Engineered Lighting Products, Journée Lighting, Kim Lighting, and WattStopper. Originally published in the September/October 2010 issue of GreenSource. Originally published in the October 2010 issue of Architectural Record. Harvesting energy from all forms of sunlight.