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.
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.
This countertop machine quickly turns food waste that would have gone into the trash into compost you can use in the garden. Its electric motor helps break down foods into a nutrient-dense fertilizer in as little as 2.5 hours. Just dump in your leftovers after dinner, and use them to feed your plants the next morning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Exploring Alternatives introduces us to Catherine and Wayne, who have lived for nearly 30 years on a tiny man-made island in Tofino, BC, Canada. Freedom Cove was built by hand, using recycled and sustainable materials. It has multiple greenhouses, an art gallery, and a floating dance floor.
Buffy eucalyptus sheets are earth-friendly, made 100% from fiber grown sustainably in Austria (not Australia – no koalas affected!), then dyed with all-natural ingredients like rose, turmeric, pomegranate, and tea. It’s an industry first: zero chemicals. The cool-touch fabric is more breathable than cotton and softer than linen.
This cup is perfect for enjoying muesli on the go. It keeps milk or yogurt separate from cereal until you’re ready to mix them together. Simply store dry ingredients in the top section, then unscrew and pour them in the bottom when you’r ready to eat. The reusable container is made from eco-friendly bamboo fiber and corn starch.