Every gardener or green-thumber has had the thrill of growing their own vegetables. Along with that thrill comes the question of: what do I do with all this leftover zucchini and tomatoes? Well, in the UK, there is a collaborative solution to the problem. It’s called Vegswap.
We may be familiar with computer hacking, but what about hacking buildings? Future360 investigates that a hackable building is one that’s been adapted or modified to be almost unrecognizable from its original form. Architecture firm Gensler first coined the phrase “hackable buildings” and became a case study for this exciting new concept. Gensler’s Los Angeles […]
Husk Power Systems is a rural empowerment enterprise which focuses on inclusive rural development on the backbone of electric power.
Unlike other sustainable electricity efforts in the world, Husk Power Systems creates a self-sustaining ecosystem in the villages it serves. By doing this, it enable economic development along with environmental protection, providing physical well-being and strengthening rural communities.
Future360 travels to Long Beach, CA, and Watervliet, Michigan, to visit with APTWater — an emerging technology company specializing in developing new technologies and services to treat and reuse water.
Did you know that when you pay for bottled water, whether it is single serve or bottled water systems at work, 90% of the cost goes towards handling, transportation and delivery. Moreover, there is a huge environmental cost associated with plastic waste. All this for water that is available at a faucet? Makes no sense.
Everyone loves wearing well-fitting designer jeans, but no enjoys paying designer prices. A new program in the Netherlands allows consumers to eliminate wasteful spending on clothes. Instead of owning a pair of jeans for life, fashionistas can now keep them for a year before sending them back to be recycled and receiving something fresh […]
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.
Every 28 days across the globe, half the world’s population menstruates. Yet despite this is one of life’s most natural occurrences, for millions of girls and women across Asia, Africa, Central and South America the high cost of sanitary napkins ensures menstruation is a significant challenge.
Japan has the 3rd largest economy in the world and is the 4th largest exporter. They produced prominent technological advancements, from reliable and fuel efficient cars to flat screen televisions. Now, Japan is taking interest in water technology markets and innovative water companies. Napoleon said, “Let China sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world.” […]
What if leading manufacturers could produce zero discharge of hazardous chemicals? What if they could get it done by 2020? Well, in 2011, a group of major apparel and footwear brands and retailers made the shared commitment to lead their industry to Zero Discharge.
Plastic Pollution Coalition announced that it is accepting applications for Think Beyond Plastic, a contest for entrepreneurs working on products, services, materials and infrastructure solutions that result in a measurable reduction inplastic pollution. Deadline for submissions is March 18, 2013.
Our food system is inherently flawed. Food wastage and hunger are prevalent in both first world and developing nations, though underlying reasons for them are different.
Inspired by a recent Wall Street Journal article written by Anna Lappe and Danielle Nierenberg, Sustainable America has created this visual representation of the food waste problem in developed and developing nations while millions go to bed hungry. What are some solutions?
Hackathons have brought software developers, programmers, and even venture capitalists together to collaborate intensely on a software project with a given data set over a short period of time – usually 2-5 days – since 1999.
Currently, with the support of social entrepreneurs and do-gooders, hack-a-thons are not just for techies. Instead, data sets are supplied for social problems like water distribution in India or energy efficient solutions in New York City or stopping the worldwide spread of Malaria or HIV/AIDs.
According to the EPA, the single largest component of solid waste reaching landfills in the U.S. is food waste where decomposing food becomes a significant source of methane. Composting a big way we can reduce food waste going to landfills, but many people are hesitant to give composting a try, because they live in smaller space and not sure about composting in an apartment. The folks at Sustainable America show us how it’s completely possible and relatively easy to compost in a small amount of space!
Starbucks introduces the $1 reusable plastic mug that bears the Starbucks logo and is white to match its disposable cups. The coffee chain will offer a dime discount to anyone with the reusable mug, hoping this will encourage coffee lovers to bring them in. This new offering comes in the wake of the Starbucks sharply reducing its goal of having 25% of its cups be reusable by 2015 to 5%.
But will it drive change?
Getting around NYC can be tough for anyone, let alone surplus food. Watch as a Tomato navigates the New York City subway in an effort to reach New York’s hungry. Now serving New York City for 30 years, City Harvest is the world’s first food rescue organization, dedicated to feeding the city’s hungry men, women, and children.
If you’re looking to renovate your house in the near future, one of the fantastic and brilliant ways to freshen up your home is to install brand new flooring. If you’re a little more eco minded however, you may want to know exactly which flooring types are more sustainable and friendly for the environment.