10 TOP ECO-FRIENDLY INNOVATION THAT ARE CHANGING OUR FUTURE

Lego are the best known toy bricks on the planet. They’re hard and well resistant and you know why? They are made with a very tough plastic called ABS, or acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene, three polymers derived from petroleum. On 2015 Wired came out with an article entitled “Sorry but the perfect LEGO brick may never be eco-friendly” but guess what? LEGO made it!

Starting from 2018 a new line of bricks is on the market. They are exactly like the others, except they are made from plant-based plastic!

Galvanised by the news, we decided to compile a list of 9 extra eco-friendly inventions that are making the difference for the environment.

1. Lego eco-friendly briks

Lego are the best known toy bricks on the planet. They’re hard and well resistant and you know why? They are made with a very tough plastic called ABS, or acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene, three polymers derived from petroleum. On 2015 Wired came out with an article entitled “Sorry but the perfect LEGO brick may never be eco-friendly” but guess what? LEGO made it!

Starting from 2018 a new line of bricks is on the market. They are exactly like the others, except they are made from plant-based plastic!

This new plastic is derived by sugar-cane and the newly-invented sustainable pieces will debut as “botanical element“, such as trees and leaves, in the new LEGO boxes.

“Children and parents will not notice any difference in the quality or appearance of the new elements, because plant-based polyethylene has the same properties as conventional polyethylene,” said LEGO spokesman Tim Brooks.

The ambitious goal is to make all of the company’s products from sustainable materials, keeping the high quality and security standards. This represent a massive innovation that will help our planet!

 

2. Lamps To Grow Plants In Windowless Spaces

Urban spaces are growing narrow, high up in the sky, but they’re conquering the underground as well. If you happen to work or live in a windowless space you aren’t obliged to say goodbye to plants: These lamps by Nui Design Studio will allow you to grow some leafy friends in a high-designed way!

 

3. Pineapple-fibre “leather”

Leather consumption can be both a moral and ecological issue. The extensive breeding takes a lot of spaces, consumes resources and pollutes!

For those of you still interested in good leather productsAnanas Anam, a Phillipines-based company is turning pineapple leaf fibres into an environmentally friendly leather alternative. The textile,  called Piñatex, also provides new additional income for farmers, boosting the economies of developing communities and empowering individuals. Surely is better to wear (pineapple) leather!

 

4. HY4: A plane that emits only water

HY4 is a small plane that runs on an electrical current from a supply of hydrogen and oxygen, aided by a battery.

Well, it fits only 4 people, including the pilot, but its only emission is water vapor.
Quite impressive, right?

“This is the first time that somebody has built an airplane that can carry more than one person and which is driven by hydrogen,” says André Thess of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), which helped build the aircraft.

The hope is to create emission-free air taxis — like the HY4 — that can easily travel from city to city in the near future.

“Say you want to go between Irvine and Ventura in the Los Angeles area. It can take you between one and a half and three hours if there are traffic jams, but by plane it will take you around 35 to 40 minutes,” says Josef Kallo, the HY4 project leader.

“And within a controlled airspace you could have a lot of these planes flying around.”

Well, the Uber of the future will be capable of flying!

 

5. Highways England

In a wonderfully forward-thinking movementHighways England has started testing of a wireless power-transfer technology. The hope is for these advancements to be eventually installed into highways, allowing electric cars to be charged by electromagnetic fields buried below. The British government has invested a substantial 500 million into maintaining a position at the forefront of this technology. Other countries are also beginning to examine like-minded ideas–in South Korea there is a stretch of highway that allows buses to be charged in a similar manner.

 

6. AirCarbon

AirCarbon is a new type of plastic made by Newlight Technologies.

It is made by combining air with methane-based carbon. These emissions, that would otherwise become part of the air we breathe, produce a material that is approximately 40% oxygen and 60% carbon and hydrogen from the air.

The life cycle of this new plastic could be the renewable material that cleans the atmosphere, rather than polluting it.

 

7. Edible water

The team at Skipping Rocks Lab has created a genius solution to the world’s mounting plastic bottle crisis. Ooho is a thin, translucent seaweed sleeve that can hold liquid. It’s completely biodegradable and can be eaten, too. This little ball is said to be durable enough to not tear unless you want to break into it. The goal? To eliminate the use of plastic bottles altogether.

We are amazed by these soft transparent bubbles of water!

 

8. AirInk

Like our number 6AirInk use harmful byproducts, such as carbon, and turns them back into commercial products. AirInk is designed by Graviky Labs, a consortium of engineers, scientists and designers in India, who hope to curb air pollution by extracting carbon from car exhaust to produce ink for pens.

The system they developed with and successfully tested comes in the form of a device that attaches to the car mufflers to trap pollutant particles that normally escape through the tailpipe. The collected residue can then be sent in to be processed into ink to produce a line of “Air Ink” pens.

Each pen contains the roughly the equivalent of 30 to 40 minutes worth of emissions produced by a car’s engine.

 

9. Hand powered dishwasher

With growing populations and shrinking living spaces, a compact, energy saving invention like the Circo dishwasher is understandably making waves in the sustainability market. A compact countertop device, it uses no electricity and only a small amount of water to clean your dishes. You simply crank the handle to release a jet of water, which is heated by a sodium acetate tablet and a minute later, your dishes are sparkling clean. The Circo also doubles as a drying rack on your countertop to save space.

 

10. Handheld laboratory

Finally, an invention that could revolutionise medicine; a handheld device that can analyse DNA samplesand provide medical diagnoses on the spot. The size of a smartphonethe Q-Poc can diagnose everything from cancers to infectious diseases in minutes from biological samples submitted on a cartridge the size of a credit card. Once approved by the WHO, the inventors QuantuMDx plan to roll out the Q-Poc in South Africa, before expanding into other markets, particularly those where access to medical care is limited.

 

(Sources: NewsweekClickenergyThoughtcoMydomainethisisecoMymodernmet1millionwomenCNN)