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Sugarcrete Sustainable Construction Block

Sugarcrete Sustainable Construction Block

Developed by researchers at the University of East London, Grimshaw, and Tate & Lyle Sugars, Sugarcrete is an eco-friendly alternative to bricks and concrete. It’s made of sugarcane fibers and a bespoke sand and mineral mixture. The resulting block is significantly lighter, cheaper, and uses only up to 20% of the carbon footprint of a concrete block.

Biodegradable Drinking Straw Factory

Biodegradable Drinking Straw Factory

The Earth’s oceans are filled with harmful plastics. So, if you’re going to use a straw, make it biodegradable or reusable. All Process of World takes us inside a Korean factory to show us how they crank out millions of these eco-friendly straws every day by heating and extruding a biodegradable polymer. It’s basically one really long straw until they chop it up.

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Timex Reclaim Ocean Watch

Timex Reclaim Ocean Watch
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The Reclaim Ocean watch features a unique case made from plastics that were destined for the ocean. Created by Timex using Tide Ocean Material, the plastic is collected from coastlines by fishermen, then washed and shredded to make this sustainable material. The watch features an Indiglo light-up dial and a date window and is water-resistant to 30 m.

Sweden’s Wood Hotel

Sweden’s Wood Hotel

Standing 20 stories tall, The Wood Hotel is the world’s tallest hotel mainly made from wood. Located at the birthplace of cross-country skiing, Skellefteå in Swedish Lapland, the 205-room property was built from locally harvested spruce and pine which smells awesome and absorbs more CO2 than it uses.

Making Eyeglasses from Coffee Grounds

Making Eyeglasses from Coffee Grounds

Coffee grounds aren’t easy to dispose of in an eco-friendly way. A startup in Kyiv, Ukraine, came up with a clever use for the waste – eyeglass frames. Business Insider shows us how OCHIS combine the grounds with plant oils and other sustainable elements, presses them until solid, then cuts them into eyeglass parts.

Could These Cargo Bikes Replace Cars?

Could These Cargo Bikes Replace Cars?

Cars aren’t the most efficient way to get around cities. They cause traffic jams, and are bad for the environment. Not Just Bikes takes a look at an alternative mode of transportation called a Bakfiet. These cargo bikes are popular in the Netherlands and offer a fun ride for kids. They come in 2- and 3-wheel varieties as well as eBikes.

Nike ISPA Link Sneakers

Nike ISPA Link Sneakers

Nike’s innovative sneakers are designed to be taken apart. Their interlocking, modular design means their materials can be easily separated for recycling when they reach the end of their useful life. The ISPA Link features earthy tones and bumpy sole pads, while the ISPA Link Axis is bold and colorful with a translucent white outsole.

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Warka Water Towers

Warka Water Towers

Designed by architects Atruio Vittori and Andreas Vogler, these unique structures harvest clean water from the air for drinking and sanitation purposes. They were designed to be buildable without scaffolding or machinery, using local, sustainable materials. Find out more about the project at the Warka Water website.

Building with Hemp Bricks

Building with Hemp Bricks

Just BioFiber makes sustainable building materials from hemp plants, lime, and a biocomposite frame. The bricks stack like giant LEGO blocks up to 30 feet high, are as strong as concrete, and are self-insulating. Exploring Alternatives met with BioFiber President Terry Radford for a look at this innovative construction material.

The Electric Skies of United

The Electric Skies of United

United Airlines might need to update its slogan to “It’s time to fly electric” and get some extra-long Lightning cables. They’re buying 100 electric planes being developed by Sweden’s Heart Aerospace. The 19-seaters could take off by 2026. They’re also buying 200 Archer electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft for air taxi service.

Making Plates from Leaves

Making Plates from Leaves

Disposable plates are typically made from paper or plastic. The paper ones are easy to recycle, but plastic is more challenging. As a green alternative, India’s Vistaraku makes biodegradable plates and bowls by stitching together and pressing leaves of the Palash tree. Apparently, the leaves have natural antibacterial properties.

MoEa Bio-Sneakers

MoEa Bio-Sneakers

MoEa’s sustainable sneakers are made from recycled fruits and plants, making them friendlier to the environment. The bio-based materials are combined with cotton and recycled polyurethane or recycled plastic for stability. They come in apple, pineapple, cactus, corn, and grape, color-coded to their source material.

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Incase Hipsack w/Bionic

Incase Hipsack w/Bionic
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Bag maker Incase has added the everyday carry Hipsack to its products made from Bionic – plastic pollution recovered from the ocean. Designed to be worn at the waist or as a shoulder sling, the Hipsack has secure mesh, Velcro and zippered storage pockets, and a detachable keyring to keep valuables organized.

Tom Ford 002 Ocean Plastic Watch

Tom Ford 002 Ocean Plastic Watch
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Designer Tom Ford’s distinctive black and white watch not only looks great, but it also makes a statement. Its case and hand-braided strap are made entirely from plastics pulled from oceans. It features a Swiss quartz movement, Super Luminova hands and numbers, an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, and stainless steel back.

Colony Cleanup Trail Bag

Colony Cleanup Trail Bag

When it comes to the outdoors, you should always leave it better than you found it. The Colony Cleanup is a bag designed for carrying and disposing of any trash you might encounter. Its spring steel top stays open for easy loading, and has a bottom zipper to dump its contents. It’s also got a lined front pocket for non-trash items.

Where Do the Children Play?

Where Do the Children Play?

Yusuf / Cat Stevens teamed up with director Chris Hopewell and Black Dog Films to create an animated music video for his classic Where do the Children Play?, an ecological anthem which is as relevant today as ever. The revamped track will be featured on Tea for the Tillerman², which celebrates his acclaimed 1970 album.

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