Recycled plastic shoes, packaging, sleeping gown, camera,… You see, circular economy is growing, but to make it a success, companies need to get easier access to the raw material. In Europe, recycling is already part of people’s daily life. In developping countries, landfills are getting full and trash is spreading everywhere yet recycling is still not a priority for people that struggle to live a simple happy life with very few dollars. They don’t see the immediate value of it.
In response to that situation, Benki Piyako, together with the organization House of Indians created an ecological supermarket situated in the amazon. In ‘Troque Troque’ customers can swap plastics and aluminium cans for voucher to buy food.
The store only stocks locally grown produce to support local farmers. After collecting the raw materials, the store processes it then sends it to the nearby recycling plant in Rio Branco.
The project is currently raising money on indiegogo.
Here are other great of circular economy examples from around the world: Continue reading “Our trash has value. Swap recyclable with food.”
“I’m trying to think of the future and not be sad.”
When some are imagining the future of transportation in the sky, Elon sees it underground. When some says that global warming doesn’t exist, Elon builds solar panel roof.
Elon is shaping our future and it’s inspiring.
The Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde and his team have created the Smog Free bicycle. The bike inhales polluted air, cleans it, and releases clean air around the cyclist. The system was inspired by the Smog Free Tower in China. The innovative tower treats 30,000 cubic meters of air per hour, collecting more than 75% of pollutants.
This innovative bicycle is a 2 in 1 solution for our busy and polluted urban cities: it is an alternative to cars as well as an air cleaning solution.
While internet becomes the easiest and fastest shopping option, retailers are becoming more and more innovative to attract customers to their shops. To compete against efficacy, the solution becomes an unexpected shopping experience.
This car vending machine is a great example of that trend.
The world’s largest “vending machine” was inspired by a display of Matchbox toy cars. The Autobahn Motors’ futuristic showroom dispenses real-life luxury vehicles, such as Bentleys, Ferraris, Lamborghinis… Thanks to an advanced technology, the 15 storey building can hold up to 60 cars while fitting in a small area. It’s an efficient use of space in the land-scarce Singapore.
Heating a swimming pool is expensive and bad for the planet. Since the 16th of May 2017, the Parisian Butte-aux-cailles swimming pool is heated by the computers situated in the boiler room.
Cooling data-centers is expensive and bad for the planet. The data-center situated under the same swimming pool no longer needs air conditioning: the pool absorbs the waste heat from the computers. (the cooling system represents by itself as much as 45% of the energy consumed.)
It is a win win situation. The system has been created by the start-up Stimergy and helps to save 45 tons of CO2/year.
A growing number of data centers are redirecting the heat from their hot aisles to nearby homes, offices, greenhouses…
Imagine a home without electric wires. A home where electric wires are replaced by decorative silver lines that can power all your electric devices.
The japanese company AgIC (Ag = silver + IC = Ink Circuit) created the Circuit Marker pen. The pen delivers electricity-conducting ink that allows you to turn hand drawings into an electrical circuit. Currently the pen is used to create miniature illuminated mock up yet we could imagine that one day we could potentially push the idea to full size home.
Based on the latest advancement in robot technology, Greg Satell predicts that “The future of robot is all too human”. But what if the future of human was actually all too robot?
There’s no doubt: machines can often do work not only more efficiently, but better than us. Robots are becoming more advanced and are taking some of our jobs. With their sophisticated EQ, robots are also becoming a better partner in our daily life. Ray Kurzweil, Google’s Director predicts that computers will become as smart as humans in 12 years. How many years before they get smarter than us and overpower human? The alternative is that we enhance our own body and brain.