There’s little question that EVs reduce carbon emissions, but they’re not as convenient to fill up as gas-powered vehicles. Tom Scott headed to Germany to check out an power solution that sends electricity to trucks via overhead wires like a tram. A hybrid powertrain takes over when changing lanes or exiting highways.
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.
Created in collaboration with Bureo, this very special version of Jenga is made 100% from recycled fishing nets. The bricks feature embossed images of marine animals threatened by plastic pollution, and each set keeps 25 square feet of the stuff from going back into the ocean.
Capturing the power of the wind and turning it into electricity has proven to be a key component in reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. But wind generators require massive fans and typically must be placed in less populous areas. Matt Ferrell explores technology currently in development that could harness the wind’s energy without any moving parts.
Grow healthy and tasty greens, fruits, and herbs indoors with the Click & Grow 25. This indoor gardening system uses automatic watering, light scheduling, and biodegradable “Smart Soil” pods to ensure perfect growing conditions. They’re stackable too, so you can grow multiple crops in a small footprint.
Universal Everything teamed with Hyundai to celebrate the brand’s commitment to sustainable design and green energy. The animated clip features a runner that represents water, hydrogen, and oxygen as it transforms through various states and returns to nature. The large-scale visual is on display at Hyundai Motorstudio Busan.
The UN Environment Programme introduces us to Nzambi Matee, a materials engineer based in Kenya, whose business Gjenge Makers creates low-cost construction materials. By heating and compressing waste plastic and sand, they form durable blocks which weigh half that of traditional clay bricks.
Animator Trent Shy created this duo of excellent stop-motion claymations which capture the personas of colorful pop culture characters. The first clip catalogs blue characters from Stitch to Cookie Monster, while the second animation showcases green guys like Slimer, Gumby, and Pickle Rick.
These tall green glasses from DOIY Design are modeled after the color and texture of a saguaro cactus (minus the prickly bits). They come in a set of four, and when stacked they form one tall plant, complete with those upwards-pointing arms. They also make a shorter version, though it’s currently sold out.
Scandinavian outfitter Fjällräven updates its classic Kånken Daypack with a plant-based fabric made from sustainably-grown spruce and pine trees. It’s still the same simple pack as always, with handles for toting, and a spacious main compartment. It drops 8.2021. Their recycled plastic and wool variants are also eco-friendly.
Most homes get power from utility companies, which can be costly and negatively impact the environment. VICE Impact introduces us to Jehu Garcia, an electronics enthusiast who has built a DIY powerwall – an off-grid installation of recycled lithium-ion batteries that stores solar energy and power his home.
This unique modular shelving system features boards made entirely from recycled chopsticks. The sustainably-made shelves come in three widths and attach securely to metal wall frames to provide height flexibility. Mix and match components to make exactly the shelving unit you want.
Pharrell Williams and Pentatonic teamed up to create a reusable tool kit for eating. Inside of The Pebble, you’ll find a flip-out fork, spoon, and knife, a collapsible drinking straw, and chopsticks. The case is made from recycled CDs, the handles come from recycled packaging, and the tips are made from titanium-coated steel.
Volvo spin-off Polestar shows off its vision for the near future, with a pure EV with clean, minimal styling. Its interior is made with sustainable and recycled materials, dramatically reducing the use of plastics. Its Android-powered UI is designed for clarity and ease of use, and it’s packed with the latest in safety tech.
“If they look weird, that’s because they’re made of trash.” Nike’s funky and sustainable Space Hippie line is made from 50% recycled materials by weight, including reground rubber, foam scraps, and Flyknit yarns made from recycled plastic bottles, t-shirts, and yarn scraps. We love how the design embraces the irregularities.
You might be freaked out about using plastic straws, but it takes a whole lot of them to have the same environmental impact as producing other things we buy and consume. Casually Explained provides a comparison of various CO2 producers, and thanks the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for sponsoring this episode.
Waste processing plants are usually some of the ugliest facilities out there. But in Copenhagen, Denmark, the modernist Amager Bakke not only cleanly converts trash to energy, its rooftop doubles as grass-covered urban ski slope. The impressive facility was designed by Bjarke Ingels Group.
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.
(PG-13: Language) The Ordinary Guy provides an snarky, yet educational look at humanity’s ever-increasing production of trash, our struggle to dispose of all the waste we produce, and a few of the sillier attempts to convince us not to litter via public service announcements.
Startup Lightyear is showing off a pure electric sedan that can gain up to 7.5 miles per hour of added range while in sunlight. It still plugs in for its base charge, but the solar panels covering its hood, roof, and trunk are designed to increase its range. It’s ideal for stop, start, and slow traffic for minimizing trips to the outlet.
Etee is an upcoming online shop that will sell only plastic-free, reusable and biodegradable goods. Its products at launch include cling wrap, toothbrushes, and soap. Pledge on its Kickstarter now to become a lifetime member, which lets you buy at wholesale prices.
LastSwab is a reusable alternative to cotton swabs, which are wasteful and often have plastic parts, which can contribute to environmental concerns. It uses a silicone tip that is durable and washable, comes in a travel-ready case and is available in several colors, and two tip types.