Repurposing plastic involves less manufacturing and more creativity than plastic recycling. In this third in a series, we describe repurposing plastic and its artistic potential.
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Want to green your Fresh-Mex or burrito place? There are some sustainable strategies unique to both restaurants in general and those which serve cuisine like burritos, tacos, and nachos. Here are the top 10: Organi-fy your staples. Beans and rice are a staple on most Mexican/Fresh-Mex menus, and represent the grand majority of the calories […]
It’s hard to believe that in this day and age, there are still large areas of the Earth without access to electricity, and many people living without even the most basic technology, such as a way to light up living and working areas. One solution, the solar bottle bulb, is designed to bring daylight into […]
Designing products that incorporate upcycled components is a great way to reduce waste and raw material demands, and when combined with a social mission, can be the core of a great model for eco and social entrepreneurs. That’s what Alchemist Creations is doing, and their previous products, the Can Carry series, is a really neat […]
Instead of using petroleum-based plastic packaging, Dell is planning to use an innovative carbon negative packaging in a pilot program in the US, which will help the computer company get one step closer to their goal of 100% sustainable packaging by 2020. The efforts are part of Dell’s ambitious sustainability plan, which also incorporates a […]
The world is full of would-be car designers, and Volkswagen wants to give one of them a chance to design their next video game concept car. The winner gets a design internship at Vdub, and a chance to see their design brought to virtual reality. Crowdsourcing…
Do you have an idea for a solution to one of the world’s most pressing problems? If so, you might consider submitting it to the 2014 Fuller Challenge, where it could be picked to win a grand prize of $100,000 to help support its development and implementation. Buckminster Fuller’s call for a design revolution “to […]
When large numbers of people are displaced, either from a natural disaster, such as an extreme weather event, or through war and conflict, one of the key components of disaster relief is providing shelter for them, but most of the current options for disaster relief housing tend to be expensive and inefficient to deploy. So […]
Is your office (or home office) feeling stuffy and unhealthy? Are you looking to add a little color and style to your surroundings? It turns out that many modern buildings, with their sealed indoor environment and insufficient ventilation systems, can actually be unhealthy for us, and the simple act of adding some living plants to […]
As part of Panasonic’s ongoing 100 Thousand Solar Lanterns project, which aims to distribute solar powered LED lanterns to off-grid communities, the company has launched a design contest that seeks to bring more awareness to the challenges and issues faced by many people around the world. For those of us in the hyper-connected and über-electrified […]
For the modern entrepreneur, being able to have a home base, while also being able to move that home or office with you when it’s time to pick up and go, might be the perfect balance for the nomadic lifestyle. And if you’re the owner of one of these portable homes from Ábaton Arquitectura, you […]
In some places, such as São Paulo, Brazil, a good portion of the recycling is done by independent waste collectors, or catadores (“pickers”), and a novel project aims to create a method for extending the livelihood of these waste pickers to go beyond just simply collecting trash and recyclables. The project, from Studio Swine, is […]
As the first viable pedal-powered machine on two wheels, the velocipede, or “bone-shaker”, made waves in personal transportation by allowing people to get off their feet and off their horse, while still traveling efficiently. And although the early models were not very comfortable or efficient, they stood as a testament to innovation and creativity, even […]
In our über-connected world, visual and audio stimuli are easy to experience and share, most of the time with just the click of a button. However, there really isn’t a way to reach out and actually touch another person across the internet, and a solution to that could make a big difference in staying connected […]
Buckminster Fuller once said (and is often quoted as saying) “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” One company has exemplified that ideal with their innovative eco-materials, and taken top honors at the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge as a result. […]
When it comes to building energy efficiency, every little bit counts, but the best gains can be had by designing it in at the planning stage for new buildings and renovations. This startup believes they have a quick and simple solution to that, by helping architects, designers, and renovators to easily calculate and visualize the […]
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Are you trying to engage your community in the true sense of the term, but all you get are the same perspectives from a certain section?
Successful community campaigns do just that – involve the community. Good ideas are out there, but so many of those ideas don’t make it to the surface or are drowned out by the volume of usual voices. If it has been impossible to hear from everyone in your community, MindMixer can offer a fresh perspective.
Greenstart kills its accelerator program for something better. The premier cleantech accelerator is going for the kill and has transformed itself into a venture capital + design firm that will offer its startups a full range of services aimed to create better value and impact.
Joining Puma, H&M, Patagonia and several other big brand names, The North Face recently launched their Clothes the Loop program to take any unwanted apparel or footwear off your hands – even if it is not their brand.