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.
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.
Like many developing countries around the world, Indonesia is faced with a difficult and growing garbage problem. Trash leads to illness and diminished quality of life, and many Indonesians must also cope with the high cost of health care. In 2010, a doctor named Gamal Albinsaid devised a new idea to help people access badly needed health insurance and manage their waste and sanitation.
Human feces, garbage, trash, all the good stuff that we try to ship off or tunnel out end up somewhere. We are getting better and better at turning that garbage into an asset, and then applying it to international development. Check out 10 innovations that are repurposing waste in the list below… no poop jokes, we promise.
“The world sends us garbage, we send back music.” The Landfill Harmonic takes trash from the local dump in Paraguay and turns it into instruments for local children — and they’ve been met with global success.
According to the Air Transport Action Group, the commercial aviation industry wants to achieve carbon-neutral growth by 2020. Trash could be the solution. With the number of flights increasing around the world daily, is this pie-in-the-sky thinking? Not according to British Airways and Solena Fuels, who are working together on the GreenSky Project.
Finding safe, strong, and sustainable construction materials can often be a challenge in many countries across the Global South. But a new, innovative building material, the EcoBrick, is becoming popular and allows for large, safe, and sustainable schools to be built.
The OECD estimates that upwards of 40% of municipal waste in India is simply not collected. Over the years, scientists and regional and municipal governments in the country have been collaborating on how to reduce the amount of non-biodegradable waste that blankets the country. This project is modeled after smaller-scale road paving initiatives that occurred in New Delhi and Bangalore …
A young Dutch engineer named Boyan Slat is currently conducting a feasibility study for a device that could help clean up our oceans. The device, dubbed The Ocean Cleanup Array, would consist of a series of floating booms and 24 manta ray-styled processing platforms that could collect and filter floating debris. The processing platforms would be anchored to the …