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Category: Sustainability

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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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 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 Hydrogen-Powered Flying Car Can Serve as an Air Taxi or an Emergency Response Vehicle

This is the CityHawk, a hydrogen-powered VTOL flying car designed by Urban Aeronautics. It can serve as an air taxi or a private executive flying car and can carry up to six passengers and take-off and land anywhere. Also used in emergency response, it has the capabilities of a helicopter but can reach places that a helicopter can’t access.

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Madrid Plans to Build the Largest Metropolitan Forest in Europe

The Spanish capital of Madrid is planning to create a huge forest belt around the city to combat poor air quality, absorb carbon, cool it’s temperatures, and make the city a happier and greener place. This ambitious green project is referred to as “El Bosque Metropolitano” (The Metropolitan Forest) and it will include new parks, leisure areas and green bridges over several highways.

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Toronto’s Garbage Trucks Will be Running on Trash as It Plans to Turn Food Waste into Fuel

Toronto is taking on a new green initiative and aims to have its trash collection trucks “run on rubbish.” In an effort to create a circular economy, Toronto is hoping to produce enough renewable natural gas from food and biodegradable waste to power a majority of its trash collection trucks as well as homes and businesses.

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This Marine Plastic Recovery Vessel Set a Record for Largest Open Ocean Clean-up in History

This is the Ocean Voyages Institute’s marine plastic recovery vessel and it set a profound record with its largest open ocean clean-up in history. After a 48-day expedition with the largest at sea clean-up to date, it successfully removed 103 tons (206,000 lbs.) of fishing nets and consumer plastics from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

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These Recycled Cardboard Cocoons Boost Seedling Survival Rates in Arid Climates Up to 95%

This recycled cardboard cocoon is designed to support a seedling through its most crucial first year of growth without the need for external irrigation in some of the harshest climates on earth. Designed by Amsterdam-based Land Life Company, which specializes in high-tech nature restoration, this impressive cocoon provides water and shelter.

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