The Seabin is a simple, low-maintenance, and effective way of removing ocean debris and plastics from the water. It is small, unobstructive, and unlike existing ocean cleaning methods, it does not cost much and runs around the clock.
Mexico City, which has struggled for decades with dangerous air quality, has become a global leader in combating ambient air pollution. In 1992, the United Nations described Mexico City’s air as the most polluted on the planet. Since then, the city has enacted stringent pollution control measures to improve its reputation and quality of life.
Established in 2013, The Real Junk Food Project is a network of cafes that diverts food waste and uses it to create delicious, healthy meals on a pay-as-you-feel model. Every day volunteers go out to intercept surplus food from supermarkets, food banks, allotments, wholesalers—wherever it can be found—and deliver it straight to those who need it.
Since winning the Rolex Enterprise Award in 2012, Karina Atkinson and her organization, Para La Tierra (PLT), have received much positive attention for their conservation efforts in Paraguay’s exceptionally diverse, and increasingly threatened natural environment— an area known as “South America’s forgotten corner.”
Sweden has a booming business in garbage, and a serious knack for recycling. As recently as last year, the country now recycles ninety-nine percent of its waste, with less than one percent of Sweden’s household garbage going into landfills.