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.
Shipping containers provide more uses than holding supplies. The practice of “cargotecture” has taken off in recent years, and refurbishes old shipping containers by turning them into sustainable housing options. An organization that formed in 2002, called Clinic in a Can, is transforming shipping containers and utilizing them in a new way: to provide medical attention to those living in remote and rural areas, far away from hospitals or clinics.
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 …
David Saiia has found a solution to both a roofing problem and the overabundance of plastic waste. Re-purposing used plastic bottles, Saiia has designed a plastic-thatch roof that keeps out the rain and heat, allows in natural light, and muffles sound. Currently the two most used roofing options for people living in the developing-world are thatch and corrugated tin. The …