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Author: Melissa Castellanos

This Power Wheelchair Puts You at Eye Level While at Walking Speed

This is the iLevel Power Wheelchair and it does exactly what it says – it safely puts wheelchair users at eye level and it empowers them by creating a better experience while improving daily functionality and quality of life. This life-changing power wheelchair was developed by Pride Mobility Products Corp. and Quantum Rehab who “passionately serve individuals with disabilities.”

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Surfers Invent the ‘Seabin’ a Floating Trash Can That Sucks Up Garbage and Pollution

This is the Seabin V5, a floating trash can, or a “trash skimmer” that catches anything from plastic bottles, paper to oil, fuel, and detergent – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. The Seabin V5, which is connected to a floating dock, can also clean the water from contaminated organic material, including leaves and seaweed, etc.

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This Floating Park and Thriving Ecosystem Is Made Up of Recycled Plastic

This is a Floating Park in Rotterdam, a city in The Netherlands, that is made up of constructed hexagon-shaped building blocks made from recycled plastics. These green structures are created from plastic waste that is collected from organized cleanups with Clear Rivers as well as litter traps, which are installed in the Port of Rotterdam, the Port of Brussels and the Indonesian island Ambon.

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Meet ‘Scoozy’ a Sleek 4-Wheel Drive Mobility Scooter

Meet Scoozy, a sleek 4-wheel drive advanced mobility scooter that is smart, powerful – and most importantly, liberating for its users as it promotes independence and an active lifestyle. The impressive Dutch product’s innovative design was developed in Delft in the western Netherlands. Built with the latest lithium-ion battery technology, the Scoozy has a long lifespan and a large range of up to 100 km. Its maximum speed goes up to 18 km/h.

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This Self-Driving ‘Robo-Vehicle’ Could Reinvent Urban Delivery

This is the Renault EZ-PRO, a driverless, modular, connected, and 100% electric “robo-vehicle” or concept car targeted at transport and urban parcel and service delivery that’s adapted to the last-mile ecosystem. Designed by Groupe Renault, “the French leader of electric vehicles,” the EZ-PRO concept car follows the ride-sharing, EZ-GO.

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This Vegan Leather Made From Cactus Is A Genuinely Green Alternative

This is Desserto by Adriano Di Marti, a vegan leather made from cactus that is an eco and animal-friendly alternative to animal leather or synthetic leather. Like the aforementioned leathers, Desserto has competitive features, such as elasticity and it’s also customizable and breathable. It’s also biodegradable, flexible, non-toxic, and doesn’t stain.

Desserto is the brainchild of Adrián López Velarde and Marte Cázarez, who both hail from Mexico. The environmentally-conscious duo worked in the furniture automotive and fashion industries where they came to the realization that their industries were contributing to major environmental pollution. Rather than work for the problem, they came up with a solution for it.

With a genuine interest in reducing the environmental impact, the duo quit their jobs, dove into two years of research, and started their forward-thinking venture. While the fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters, Desserto was well-received after its debut in Milan, Italy back in October of 2019.

This Net-Negative Carbon Producing Electric Truck Uses Renewable Natural Gas to Recharge Its Batteries

This is the Hypertruck ERX by Austin-Texas-based Hyliion, the only Class 8 net-negative carbon-producing electric powertrain. To put that into perspective, the average diesel semi-truck reportedly emits 210 metric tons of carbon annually. What sets Hyliion apart from the rest of its competitors is its own battery solutions.

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This Student-Designed, Bicycle-Powered Washing Machine Is Helping People in Developing Countries

This is SpinCycle, a bicycle-powered washing machine that prevents people from having to wash clothes by hand in developing countries. It’s the brainchild of Rich Hewitt, a student, and volunteer who was washing around 30 loads of children’s clothes at an orphanage in Burundi, Central Africa when the innovative idea came to him.

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This Walker Easily Transitions into a Wheelchair Giving Users Freedom to Travel and Rest When Needed

These are the Rollz Motion and Rollz Flex design walkers. While they are certified “rollators” or walkers, they don’t look like your standard walkers. They are easy to use and offer stability, but also allow you to move when you want to, and rest when you need it. The Rollz Motion and Rollz Motion Performance seamlessly turn into a wheelchair.

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