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Green Is The New Black

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10 Crazy but Cool Inventions that are Solving the World’s Environmental Problems

Our environment is going to sh*t, with our global temperatures increasing beyond what’s safe, and our natural resources depleting, our Earth is in dire need of solutions. But these solutions don’t come easy, nor do they always appear normal. But we all need a little crazy in the world, right? Check out these 8 crazy but cool inventions that are out to save our world.

 

“The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do” – Steve Jobs

1. Textile dyes the natural way
One big problem that affects Asia’s poor water quality is chemical pollution from the textile industry. Which is why Colorifix was born. The usual way to make textile dyes includes so much water and chemicals, but Colorifix has a new, clean and green way to do this. Using biologically-driven processes that are guided by nature, they develop dyes that use fewer chemicals, energy and 10 times less water. They aren’t just inspired by nature, they are recreating nature.

2. Lamp powered by saltwater
So aptly named SALt, or Sustainable Alternative Lighting, this is a lamp that is powered by just salt and water. This lamp uses saline solution to power LED lamps and even have USB ports to charge your phone. This lamp attempts to provide islands, like in the Philippines, where people have little access to electricity. Make way batteries, SALt is in.

3. Paper made from stone
Deforestation is a big problem, and we use a lot of paper products. Trees + deforestation = Paper. But Karst is changing that equation by developing a new way to make paper. They say that it is possible to make paper without timber and water, without chlorine or acids, without waste, using only a third of the carbon footprint. They transform recycled stone into minimalist, functional and beautiful products. Stone is said to me more durable and brighter than traditional paper. If you browse through their catalog, you will be mesmerised by the beauty in the simplicity of their designs that you’d want a 2019 scheduler in June 2018.

4.  A straw filter that lets you turn any kinds of water into drinking water

It first started as a project to remove Guinea worm larvae from contaminated water before it evolved into what it is today. Inspired by the worm filter, the company worked to develop the LifeStraw which aims to filter all sorts of microbiological contaminants that make water undrinkable. LifeStraw actually allows you to turn up to 4,000 liters of contaminated water into drinkable water, increasing many – many – people’s access to clean drinking water.

5. Concrete made with CO2
Did you know that for every 1kg of cement, more than 0.5kg carbon dioxide is released? Responsible for 5% of global CO2 emissions, this is a gamechanger for the cement industry. Solidia Technologies is designing and creating cement blocks that suck CO2 from the atmosphere in order to be made. Watch how right here.

6. Plastic alternative made from methane 
An alternative to plastic, Mango Materials produces a naturally occurring biopolymer from waste biogas (methane) that are economically competitive with conventional oil-based plastics. Converting a greenhouse gas into something that replaces plastics, this is a double-win for the Earth.

7. Cutlery you can eat
We know the woes and pains of disposable cutlery, but what about cutlery you can eat? Almost too good to be true, but it was made a reality by India-based company Bakeys. Their cutlery are not made with any kind of chemicals or preservatives, or even milk products. They are even selling these at the same price as plastic cutlery to keep themselves competitive to consumers. Pretty revolutionary, but it does look funny to be munching on your spoon.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73jPh0eRP-Y

8. Lights powered by algae 
Imagine having lights without electricity. That is so very possible, with the research biochemist Pierre Calleja is doing. With the Earth’s resources rapidly depleting and a need for renewables. It is completely self-sufficient, where energy for to power lights in the evening comes from photosynthesis in the day. Also, it absorbs CO2. Who knew algae could be this amazing?

9. Plastic bottle air-cons
Sometimes, temperatures can get as high as 40.7 degrees Celsius (meanwhile, we in Singapore are melting in 35-degree heat). But what do you do if summers get so hot but you can’t afford air-conditioning? That’s the situation in rural Bangladesh. This problem inspired Ashis Paul to develop EcoCoolers, an amazing DIY cooling system that needs no electricity, all it needs is empty plastic soda bottles. Cool? Waaaay cool.

10. A sustainable tent with everything you need
A tent that collects rainwater, stores solar energy and provides convenient collapsible shelter. Built with refugees in mind, this miracle home is also caring for the environment. This beautiful design is so nicely named “Weaving a Home“, it also aims to wave tumultuous lives of the refugees together by providing stability and humanity. Fascinating.

So what is your crazy idea? Share them with us or any other crazy but cool innovations you know of!

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An environmentalist, avid baker, and a dreamer with a goal to open the world of conscious living and responsible consumerism to Singaporeans and hopefully the rest of the world! She’s currently an undergraduate who’s hungry for an exciting adventure - or mostly just hungry. She hopes that by the time she graduates, she can help herself and her community leave green footsteps on this Earth we call home. 

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