“A straw used for just minutes exists for 450 years. By 2050, there will be more plastic in the sea than fish.” Artist Von Wong worked with Zero Waste Saigon, Starbucks Vietnam and dozens of volunteers to gather and turn 168,000 used straws into an art installation.
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Everlane’s eco-conscious collection features a fleece sweater, a fleece zipped jacket and a lightweight hooded puffer jacket. All of these are made with thread made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. The company recycled 3 million plastic bottles in the process.
Based on a rare 2008 set, this 826-piece LEGO Creator Expert Vestas Wind Turbine lets you build a 39″ tall version of the energy capture devices you see popping up in the countryside. Its tiny trees are the first LEGO parts made from sustainable plant-based plastic. Drops 11/23/18.
Say goodbye to bad energy, and switch your home to green electricity with Arcadia Power. The company helps you find cost-effective clean energy sources like wind and solar, along with tools to help you monitor and manage your energy consumption and environmental impact.
Straws make up a large amount of our waste. The makers of FinalStraw hope to alleviate that with their convenient product. Unlike other reusable straws, FinalStraw is collapsible and comes with a key ring case. It comes with a squeegee but it’s also dishwasher-safe.
Paying $8 for a roll of paper towels sounds ridiculous. But Bambooee is not made of paper. It’s made of bamboo, which makes it washable and much more durable and absorbent. It looks and works like a paper towel, but you can rinse or wash each sheet up to 100 times.
Bureo makes skateboards with decks that are made from waste fishing nets that are retrieved and processed with the help of locals in fishing communities in Chile. The decks have a fishtail and grippy scale patterns that are both thematic and functional. Available in two sizes.
BioCarbon Engineering is developing a semi-automated large scale reforestation system. It uses aerial drones to map and analyze land, plant seeds in a biodegradable pod, and monitor the plants’ growth. The planting drones can dispense up to 100,000 seeds per day.
Taiwan’s Miniwiz has devised a portable, solar-powered recycling plant which transforms plastic and fabric waste into architectural tiles. Junk is washed, shredded, melted, and molded on the spot. They plan on bringing Trashpresso to tourist areas where trash is left behind.
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