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Separating Recyclables

Separating Recyclables

A look inside Brooklyn, New York’s Sims Materials Recovery Facility, a high-tech recycling operation which uses automation to separate a wide variety of metal, glass, and plastic materials based on their weight, size, shape, and even molecular composition.

Air-Ink

Air-Ink

Graviky Labs developed a device that’s fitted over the exhaust pipes of vehicles and generators to trap and gather soot. The pollution is then scrubbed of toxic materials then used to make ink for markers and screen printing.

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EcoCapsule Sustainable Home

EcoCapsule Sustainable Home

EcoCapsule’s bubble-shaped off-grid living spaces contain a small bedroom, work area, kitchen, storage, and bathroom. Solar panels on the roof and an external windmill supply electricity, and its shape is designed to maximize rainwater capture. (Thanks Linda!)

The Heart Followers

The Heart Followers

Ingrid and Benjamin Hjertefølger (“heart follower”) are advocates of sustainable living. They live in a greenhouse that they built partly out of cob, clean all of their waste water and are encouraging their children to also form a deep bond with nature.

Edible Six-pack Rings

Edible Six-pack Rings

Florida-based Saltwater Brewery came up with an edible, compostable and biodegradable alternative to plastic drink can rings which can harm animals. Made from byproducts of the company’s brewing process, the edible rings are just as strong as their plastic counterparts.

Hotaru Portable Shower

Hotaru Portable Shower

Japanese company Hotaru is working on a portable shower system that can supposedly allow you to take up to 42 five-minute showers using just 20L (approx. 5gal) of water, thanks to its built-in filtration system.

Tesla Model S Autopilot

Tesla Model S Autopilot

Tesla Motors’ latest ad is a real-world demonstration of the Model S’ optional Autopilot technology. When you’re on the highway you can activate cruise control, automatic steering and automatic lane changing. The car can also park on its own.

Self-filling Water Bottles

Self-filling Water Bottles

When you’re outdoors, you always want plenty of water. But carrying around a huge pack can be a pain. Fontus is developing water bottles that can capture condensation at a rate up to 0.8L per hour. The Airo goes anywhere, while the Ryde grabs water while you ride your bike.

The Zero Waste Town

The Zero Waste Town

We’ve seen how one person produces only a handful of trash. This town has been doing the same thing for over a decade. The residents of Kamikatsu in Tokushima, Japan recycle, reuse or compost 80% of their waste. They hope to do that to 100% of their trash by 2020.

Epson PaperLab

Epson PaperLab

An all-in-one paper recycling machine. Instead of sending used paper to remote facilities and then buying recycled paper, PaperLab will let businesses recycle A3 or A4 sheets on their own. It makes up to 14 sheets of paper per minute. It will debut in Japan in 2016.

How to Produce Less Trash

How to Produce Less Trash

While taking up Environmental Studies, Lauren Singer realized she was being a hypocrite by producing lots of trash in her daily life. Through judicious reusing, composting, purchasing bulk products, and DIY, she’s accumulated only one jarful of trash in the past two years.

Yamaha PES2 Concept

Yamaha PES2 Concept

The Yamaha PES2 is an electric motorcycle concept that has two electric motors – one under the tank and another one inside the front wheel – for two-wheel drive. It also has a crazy augmented reality helmet that overlays data from the bike’s cameras and other sensors.

Daymak Beast D

Daymak Beast D

The Beast electric bicycle’s off road variant has twice the power and top speed – up to 31mph – of the base model, thanks to a second 500W motor. The solar panel built into the battery pack provides supplemental charging when parked in the sun.

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Recycling Clothing

Recycling Clothing

When you think of recycling, the materials that come to mind are paper, plastic and metals. But thanks to Phoenix Fibers and Bonded Logic, denim jeans and cotton clothing can now be transformed into insulation and acoustic panels for homes and buildings.

2016 Tesla Model X

2016 Tesla Model X

The Tesla Model X is finally in production. The base model 90D has a total output of 518hp, while the P90D has 752hp at its disposal. It has a top speed of 155mph and rockets from 0 to 60mph in 3.2s with an optional upgrade.

Audi E-Tron Quattro Concept

Audi E-Tron Quattro Concept

Audi’s all-electric SUV is slated for release in 2018, and just might give the Tesla Model X a run for its money. Using three powerful motors to produce 496 hp, it can hit 62 mph in 3.5 seconds, 310+ mile range, and can juice to 80% in 15 minutes. Inside, it’s packed with tech.

Nebia Showerhead

Nebia Showerhead

Nebia uses atomizing nozzles that cover up to 10 times more area while using up to 70% less water than other showerheads. It could pay for itself in a year with the water and energy you save. Skip to 0:53 in the video.

Rareform

Rareform

Rareform makes surfboard bags, backpacks and other bags and accessories out of discarded billboard vinyls. The vinyls are inspected and cleaned before being cut. The upcycled material ensures each Rareform product is unique.

Prisma Guitars

Prisma Guitars

California-based Prisma Guitars handcrafts stunning electric guitars and guitar accessories using discarded skateboard decks. Not only does this cut back on waste, it also means each product is unique.

Solar Paper

Solar Paper

Yolk claims its Solar Paper is the world’s thinnest and lightest solar panel. Each panel generates 2.5W of power, but you can connect up to four of them using their built-in magnets. Note that the final product will have only 1 USB port.

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CanopyStair

CanopyStair

Thor ter Kulve and Rob McIntyre’s CanopyStair is a set of modular steps that form a spiral staircase around a tree, complete with a handrail. It can be attached without any tools and without damaging or marking the tree.

DM Blade Supercar

DM Blade Supercar

Divergent Microfactories’ proof-of-concept car for its chassis assembly. Paired with carbon fiber tubes, DM’s lightweight and modular 3D printed aluminum nodes could lead to more affordable and environment-friendly car factories.

Daymak Photon Scooter

Daymak Photon Scooter

Daymak’s Photon is an affordable electrically assisted kick scooter. It has a 6.4W solar panel that trickle charges not only its 100W motor but also powers its headlight, 1W speaker, FM radio and USB charger.

Racer Rocker Chair

Racer Rocker Chair

Loll Designs’ Racer Rocker is a flat-pack outdoor rocking chair. It’s made of 100% recycled HDPE plastic, and each one is the equivalent of 288 milk jugs. It also has a storage trunk at the back. Available in seven colors.

Scarf Caps

Scarf Caps

Valorisation Lab makes caps out of recycled plastic and vintage scarves bought from thrift shops in Ukraine, making each piece unique. You can pledge for a snapback or five panel cap with a random or specified main color.

Better Re Battery Pack

Better Re Battery Pack

Enlighten Today’s Better Re is a stylish housing that turns used smartphone batteries into external battery packs. It fits all smartphone batteries and has an optional expansion module so you can use multiple batteries as one unit.

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