Created by Carlo Ratti for Italian energy company ENI, this unique kiosk is designed to show how technology can enable sustainability. Its long, circular rail gradually releases oranges to be juiced, then dries and mills the discarded peels to create a bioplastic filament used by a 3D printer to make biodegradable cups.
Once a car is no longer drivable, it heads to the junk yard. But before it ends up on the scrap heap, machines like the Powerhand VRS are used to rip apart the car to separate materials, maximizing recyclability of components. It looks like a great way to work out aggression too.
We always enjoy watching craftspeople turn objects intended for one thing into something entirely different. In this clip from My Mechanics, offers up one off the more impressive transformations we’ve seen, reworking an ordinary stainless steel bolt and a brass rod into a working combination lock.
Bulk Handling Systems shows off the Max-AI AQC-C, a robot designed to sort items on recycling lines, safely alongside humans, performing similar tasks to their living, breathing co-workers. For some reason, its gangly looking arms remind us of those air dancer guys in front of car dealerships.
The upper of VIA Design Lab’s stylish sneakers is knit from yarn made from recycled plastic. It also has a membrane that keeps water, dirt, and odor out for up to 2 hours. Its heel can also be folded to turn the shoe into a more breathable low-top. It comes in three colors.
The Futurecraft Loop is a prototype running shoe with an upper, outsole and laces made entirely out of recyclable TPU. Paired with adidas‘ Boost midsole, the Futurecraft Loop is also made to be durable and comfortable. Its second generation is slated for general release.
There are countless lens add-ons for smartphones, many of which are under $10. But if you’re really, really cheap, or just like to hack stuff, Chris Notap’s video will show you how to recycle lenses from cheap thrift store cameras, with shockingly good results.
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.
Ripping apart old batteries can be dangerous, but that didn’t stop shurap from tearing into a bunch of them in search of usable metal. He then fused the bits together with some steel blades, and crafted a sweet damascus knife with a handle made from a MagLite.
Jackman Works shows us how he transforms old cargo pallets into sweet drink coasters by sanding, stacking, cutting, and laminating strips of their varied wooden slats into grid patterns. Show your appreciation for his craftsmanship, and buy a set of the coasters here.
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.
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.