The emergency to save our planet is inevitable and immediate. In recent decades, with the warning of many scientists, we finally have become aware, although not completely as this is a very hard truth to swallow, that with the excessive use of plastic and fossil fuel emission, and other harmful activities for the nature, have brought the earth on the verge of a collapse, if we don’t act immediately.
1. New ways to repurpose plastic bottles
2. These seaweed bottles start decomposing when empty.
A student of the Academy of Arts in Iceland, Ari Jónsson, presented this project at the DesignMarch festival in 2016, which is a bottle made out of water and powdered sugar, and starts decomposing as soon as it gets empty.
3. These sneakers are made from ocean trash
Adidas teamed up with Parley for the Oceans to make the world better. The company has already created several sneakers and sportswear designs made from ocean plastic. They’re made in the blue and gray colors of the ocean and look as good as any other materials.
4. Fully compostable plant-based “plastic”
“Avani is a start-up company based in Bali, Indonesia. Their aim is to replace plastic with ecological analogs. For example, these cups are made with FSC certified paper and cornstarch and are fully compostable. They even have bags made of cassava (tapioca) that can hardly be told apart from their plastic cousins. The amazing thing about them is that they totally decompose in half a year and can even be dissolved in water!”
5. Beeswax food wrap
Bee’s Wrap also has a solution to reduce plastic use. The company creates food wrap made of cotton, beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin. It’s covered with various patterns and looks more appealing than common plastic. The wrap is also reusable, all you have to do is just to wash it.
6. Waterproof banana leaf “leather”
Green Banana Paper offers an alternative to leather wallets and common paper. Their items are made of banana fiber. The choice of material is due to the fact that banana “trees” die after harvesting, giving way to younger stems. So making use of them seemed to be a logical and eco-friendly decision.
E6PR (eco 6-pack rings) is a project aimed at saving animals! Every year a lot of them eat or get caught in the plastic rings people throw away. And this E6PR decomposes in just several days, or weeks if disposed incorrectly. Another advantage of this product is that it does no harm to animals if swallowed.
8. This graphene sieve makes seawater drinkable.
These membranes were developed at the National Graphene Institute and have already proven their efficiency in filtering large salts. Anyway, common salt can still pass through, because the membranes slightly expand underwater, and the scientists are working on controlling its size.
9. This device takes drinking water right from the air.
“WaterSeer could be another way to access pure water. This device pulls it right from the air by collecting it in a container and condensing water from the vapor. It can collect up to 37 liters (9.8 gallons) a day. The developers claim it can use any power source and takes 150 watt-hours per liter for its needs.”
“Nebia is a brand-new showerhead that atomizes water streams into millions of droplets, which creates the impression of a waterfall vapor shower. According to the company, Nebia can save 70% of your water. Unlike a common showerhead that takes 76 liters (20 gallons) for an average shower, Nebia uses only 23 liters (6 gallons).”
“The Seabin Project is a garbage bin that can be immersed in the waters of marinas and ports to collect up to 20 kg of floating trash — even small items. It sucks water and debris in and then filters it out. The device can even catch some spilled oil.”
“Skipping Rocks Lab launched the Ooho! project, and their motto is “water you can eat.” They created edible algae bubbles that can be filled with water (both pure and flavored), alcohol, and even cosmetics.”
“Nest thermostat is a clever gadget that helps you manage your heat consumption. It turns off when everyone leaves the house and is controlled by an app, through which you can change the temperature and see your energy history. The most amazing thing is that it learns your temperature preferences for days, weeks, and seasons and applies this knowledge to create a comfortable atmosphere in your house.”
14. These coffins save the forest.
“Capsula Mundi is a project aimed to change the approach to death. The company is concerned about deforestation as each coffin requires a tree to be cut down. To save the forest, they offered a new form of an egg-shaped coffin made of biodegradable materials with a tree or a seed planted on top. There are 2 designs — coffins and urns — to fit everyone’s needs. The idea is that a person chooses a tree to be planted after their death, and the mourning family then takes care of it.”
Green Magic Homes look like they came right from Tolkien’s books. These are modular buildings covered with soil, which is both a decoration and a method of climate control. The constructions are durable and won’t need repairs for a long time. You can plant a vegetable or flower garden on the roof and walls — whatever you desire!
They also come in sand and snow variants for deserts and cold climates. The entire process of ordering, delivery, and installation takes a maximum of one to 2 months.