Not only materials, food or fabrics are recycled these days but ‘old’ and unused buildings as well.
We live in a world with masses of waste.. We all know recycling is a thing and if you’re a good human being, you at least try to help the world a bit and recycle your plastics etc. BUT recycling has been taking to a whole other level the past few months I could say. During my internship there was a feature about The Olympic Tower in London, specially built for the Olympic Games, has now become a slide. Seriously HOW RAD IS THAT? At least, for all our dare devils out there.
My point is, whilst trying not to get too excited, there are so many different ways of reusing things, materials, products, clothing (!!) and buildings. Another option is tearing all the unused buildings down, but where’s the fun in that when you can create a mega slide? Projects like these have a massive future growth potential because improving the environment and creating a better world are one of the most important tasks that humans have to deal with for eternity.
Humans are not the best creatures in bettering the world lately, but with these innovations and initiatives we can all create a better earth to live our lovely lives on.
We all know that we throw away to much food and we easily throw the packaging away on the streets. I found different signals that predict food waste and help against nature pollution. More and more eatable and naturally degradable products are invented.
What is it? Paper and other materials, but not just the usual packaging materials like plastic for example. Nature friendly packaging is designed to place it into the ground or eat it along with your burger. It sounds a bit weird maybe, but very handy.
Why is it cool? It’s cool because we all still remember the days when we were little and wanted to eat paper (well I did).. It’s possible these days and it tastes fine. Bob’s Burger for example, you order your burger and eat it with the paper around it. The paper tastes like the burger itself and you don’t have to throw away paper that isn’t barely used.
It’s your birthday and you unpacked your presents and there is wrapping paper all over the place, probably recognizable, it will all be thrown away. But you have to keep the wrapping papers with vegetables or flowers on it, because they have seeds digests in them. Put the wrapping paper into the ground, give them a bit of water and you grow your own groceries or flowers. This is cool because there will be less paper waste, thank you Eden’s Paper.
Why does it have future growth potential? Nature friendly packaging has definitely future growth potential because there will be a lot less waste and this has a positive influence on the environment.
Quality of Life Nature friendly packaging has influence on the social and emotional wellbeing of people because gardening has a positive influence on people. And people feel satisfied because they contribute to a clean environment and a healthier earth.
Solar energy, wind energy, a hand-woven bamboo water collector, these are all nature friendly ways to get your energy or catch your water. I think most of us are familiar with solar energy etc. This development has been going on for a while now, but the different signals I found are creative ways to produce this nature friendly energy. Signals with a cool factor. With all these developments we are able to improve our precious earth and keep her healthy.
This coolhunt down here is an example from what I found.
What is it? The Living wall is a sustainable sound barrier wall, placed along the side of a highway. But it’s not a regular one, people are able to live inside The Living Wall. This project is from NarrativA architects. The sound barrier protects the surrounding residential areas against noise pollution. But The Living Wall purifies the air polluted by road users and other bad influences.
The Living Wall
Why it is cool? I believe this is a really cool initiative because we can start using the boring and ugly sound barriers in a new creative way, which helps us, improve the environment as well. Students or other people are able to live in the sound barrier and you won’t even have noise pollution. Plus, the sound barrier impels the energy for the houses inside.
Why does it have future growth potential? The Living Wall creates a new place to live in. Another important thing is the fact that it uses solar energy to impel energy and The Living Wall purifies the air in- and outside. These are all environmental friendly ways to improve mother earth. It’s sustainable and clean, just what we need in the future.
Quality of Life In our future world, people love helping out Mother Nature. This has impact on our physical wellbeing because our health will improve if we better the world’s environment. It has also impact on development and activity. People are thinking more about maintaining their solar peddles for example instead of heating their home with unhealthy gasses.
There are different aspects needed to improve a healthy sustainable environment. The way we transport ourselves is one of those aspects. I found many different bikes that contribute to a better environment. But bikes are not the only way to transport yourself without sending bad emissions into the air. I discover more and more electric cars every day and that’s a good thing. These signals are evolving themselves.
I see a future full of different bikes and other transportation ways that have a good influence on the environment. For example: E-bikes as well as bikes where you can charge your phone while you’re cycling, but also electric cars and electric busses with little gardens on top of the roof. These means of transport have no bad emissions; this will lead to a cleaner air and a healthier earth.
What is it? The bamboo bikes made and designed by Blackstar are a new sustainable way to move you around and through the city. Blackstar is in co-creation with Ghana. This product is Fair-trade and transparent.
Bamboo bike frame
Why is it cool? This bamboo bike is cool because it’s made of bamboo. And bamboo grows back again after they cut the trees. This makes bamboo sustainable. This product is also cool because the locals in Ghana are helping out, which means their life improves.
Why does it have future growth potential? The bike’s frame is made of bamboo; this is better for the environment than regular bikes. When more and more people start using these bikes, fewer cars will be needed. This improves the air we have to inhale and exhale.
Quality of Life You not only cycle on a beautiful cool bike made of a sustainable product, you also help the local people in Ghana. Buying a bamboo Blackstar bike has influence on the material wellbeing of people because they bought something new and that makes them happy. It has also a big influence on the social and emotional wellbeing because of buying this bike; people support the locals in Ghana. This will lead to satisfaction.
It becomes more popular these days, homemade or restyled furniture. But also organic furniture and furniture or houses made of sustainable materials. But why is this happening these days?
We become more aware of the nature around us, sustainability is a priority these days and very popular in- and outside. Besides all the urban farms, the interior world changed as well. Homemade/restyled furniture and organic furniture are fun to make, you can do it with your neighbor. There are also lots of workshops popping up; “Restyle your old furniture, make it fun”.
What is it? Cork is a sustainable product. It comes from the bark of trees. Cork is usable for many different furniture and accessories in your interior. But what makes Cork so sustainable? There are different reasons why. I will tell you these reasons in the next paragraph.
Why is it cool? The cool part about Cork is the part where they cut the bark of the trees. The bark grows back. So we don’t have to cut the trees, we just have to shave them. Which means that we can use the tree several times. This is better for the environment.
Another thing about Cork is the possibility to recycle it and use it over and over again for different things. If you’re getting bored with your chair made of cork, just recycle it and design your own cork table or even a wall made of cork.
Why does it have future growth potential? So I told you the facts around the sustainable aspects of Cork. Using more Cork as furniture and accessories will help the world to safe trees and keep the environment intact.
Quality of Life Organic furniture and furniture made of sustainable materials (for example: cork) will give people a great feeling, a feeling of satisfaction. Why? Because they are able to help the environment. This stimulates the emotional wellbeing of people. They feel satisfied because of their cool new interior while they are helping the environment.
Do you know the feeling? You’re hungry, but you don’t have enough money to buy yourself a whole meal at the supermarket and you don’t actually have time to cook yourself a meal. The LeftoverSwap is your solution! Are you already interested? Keep reading!
What is it? The LeftoverSwap is an app with two functions. It’s made for people who want to have a fast dinner and don’t want to pay much for it. Just open your LeftoverSwap, view the possibilities in your neighborhood, choose one of the leftovers and make an arrangement to pick it up or let it deliver.
The other function is for the ones who want to get writ of their own leftovers, but don’t want to throw it away with their trash. What you have to do is to make a picture of your leftover, give it a name, post it and share it with others. Before you know one of your neighbors will ring the doorbell.
Why is it cool? It’s really cool because it’s a way to prevent more and more food waste. This is really important these days because too many companies and households throw away their leftovers or products, to easily. This is not necessary; I see it happening all the time in the supermarket where I work! Another reason is the social aspect; this app brings you into contact with known and unknown. This lowers the threshold for people who don’t have much money to buy food and those who are ashamed about that. The app is available for everybody who ones a smartphone or iPad for example. So it’s not reachable for everybody who needs it.
Why does it have future growth potential? Like I said before, it’s a way to prevent more and more food waste. This is a good thing. Transparency… The LeftoverSwap tackles down food waste, because users can share their leftovers with others. You can find the person with a leftover on the map precisely. There are no secrets, people have full sight in what they are going to eat, what it’s made of, where they can pick it up and from who it is. It is a fun and affective way to share your leftovers.
So everybody, stop the food waste and share your leftovers!
It’s been a while but today I’m going to tell you about your dine buddy, it’s called ‘Eetmaatje’ in dutch. First I will start by telling you what kind of product this is, if you keep reading I will explain it to you.
What is it?
The dining buddy or ‘Eetmaatje’is a measuring cup for food like pasta and rice. It’s made for one till two persons. It’s an easy way to measure your food, because of the dine buddy people who have to cook for one or more persons won’t waste much food. The measuring cup is precisely adjusted to measure a portion for one or two persons. A measuring cup based on portions is unique, one of a kind.
Why is it cool? It’s cool because ‘Eetmaatje’ is an easy tool for example, cooking a portion rice or pasta. The measuring cup shows you exactly how much you need for one or two persons. In addition, it ensures that you won’t cook too much and you don’t throw away too much food. Eventually ‘Eetmaatje’ is a good tool to help the environment, your wallet and your health.
Why does it have future growth potential?
Because of ‘Eetmaatje’ and also among other things, it’s clear for many how we all can contribute to reduce the waste of food. And besides, not everyone is aware of the proper amount of pasta and rice they need to cook for one person. Cooking over feeling doesn’t go well by many. Rice and pasta become larger and heavier during the cooking process. This isn’t taken into account before people measure the products.
This is where transparency comes in. People get full visibility into the amounts they eat and the amounts they should eat, the amounts who are good for their health. Because ‘Eetmaatje’ is created, designed and made in cooperation by the Nutrition Centre and Albert Heijn, the measurements are correct.
In this blog post I want to tell you more about a Sustainability app made by Nike. Now your question might be, what is a Sustainability app and how does it work? You will find the answers to these questions if you keep reading!
What is it?
The name of this app is called ‘Making’. This app is made by Nike, Nike created ‘Making’ together with students of the College of Fashion Centre for Sustainable Fashion in London. This app is made to help designers to select more environmently prefered materials for their designs. Designers are now able to make the right decisions and choose the most sustainable materials because of the information ‘Making’ gives them. The information comes from the Nike Materials Sustainability Index (MSI), a massive database full of research. The evironmental influences of the materials are based on four areas: chemistry, water use, energy and waste. So you just click on a material, for example leather, and the app will show you how much water you need to produce leather, or how much energy it will cost.
Nike’s Making app
Why is it cool?
You can download this app for free in iTunes, so this app is available for everybody. For you and me as well! ‘Making’ will learn designers but also companies who are involved with textiles and fashion more about materials and more about the environmental impact they have in the world. Because of this they will be more aware to choose for the most sustainable materials. They are now able to make better products for a better world. It’s an easy but also a fun way to make people all over the world more aware of sustainable materials.