Our oceans are in pretty bad shape these days. As are the plants and animals that call them home. From sea-animal deaths to once-pristine beaches littered with waste, the evidence of the ocean plastic crisis is all around us. If we stick to this trajectory, Earth’s oceans will have more plastic in them than fish by 2050, according to a study released last month by the Ocean Conservancy.
There aren’t a ton of ways to build a house other than the way houses have always been built, which is to say, by putting up four walls then adding a roof. This ages-old technique had to be modernized at some point, though, and as with everything else in our lives these days, technology’s delivering that modernization. In this case, instead of being built the old-fashioned way, houses can now be printed.
Topics: 3D Printing
You won't believe your eyes after watching the below video. We think this material is going to blow the doors off a lot of industries and can be applied to many different products.
So click the read more link below, watch, and let us know your thoughts in the comments... What are your waiting for!
Topics: Innovative Ideas
One of our greatest ecological challenges, in my estimate, is tackling the problem of plastic waste. The Earth simply can not sustain the levels of pollution generated by a material that can take anywhere from 80 (plastic cup) to one million (plastic jug) years to decompose. The stats are so grim for plastic waste that whenever I refresh on my numbers, I fall into a deep depression as I try to imagine the world just 50 or 100 years from now. According to the Institute for Sustainable Communication, plastic garbage in the ocean alone kills one million sea creatures a year; Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour; and Americans only recycle 1-2% of the 10.5 million tons of plastic waste generated annually.
Big Rope has a stranglehold on the ‘tying things down’ industry, and if you’re tired of paying through the nose for a few feet of twine, you’ll want to consider backing the Kickstarter campaign for this simple tool that can turn empty plastic bottles into super strong plastic rope. The aptly-named Plastic Bottle Cutter works the same as a similar device we featured a couple of years ago. You cut the bottom off of a plastic soda or water bottle, and the tool slices the rest it into a long thin strand of plastic that’s flexible enough to be used as a rope. Unlike the tool featured in the previous video, though, you don’t have to craft your own. The Plastic Bottle Cutter can be yours through a $9,000 Kickstarter campaign that’s already soared well past its funding goal. A donation of about $20 is all that’s needed to pre-order one of the tools, and they ship in June. There are always risks when supporting a Kickstartered project, but there are no electronics here that need to be affordably sourced, and no software that needs to be perfected before it can be shipped. The device looks as simple to make as it is to use. And if you need any other justification, besides saving money on rope, you’re also genuinely recycling and helping the planet.
Topics: Recycling Plastic
Like most other American high school students, Garret Morgan had it drummed into him constantly: Go to college. Get a bachelor's degree.
"All through my life it was, 'if you don't go to college you're going to end up on the streets,' " Morgan said. "Everybody's so gung-ho about going to college."
So he tried it for a while. Then he quit and started training as an ironworker, which is what he is doing on a weekday morning in a nondescript high-ceilinged building with a concrete floor in an industrial park near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Morgan and several other men and women are dressed in work boots, hard hats and Carhartt's, clipped to safety harnesses with heavy wrenches hanging from their belts. They're being timed as they wrestle 600-pound I-beams into place.
Topics: Industry News
Self-tinting contact lenses are about to become a real thing that you can buy with real money. Johnson & Johnson have been developing the new state-of-the-art contact lenses for the last few years and have finally created a contact lens that can darken almost instantly upon contact with direct sunlight.
Taking almost a decade to develop these photochromatic lenses can be reused for up to two weeks. While it’s not clear which technology the company has employed it’s likely that due to the plastic construction of the contact lens it will be using organic photochromatic molecules. If this is the case, inside each lens will contain an organic molecule that, when exposed to UV light, will undergo a chemical process that in turn increases the amount of light that the lenses absorb.
The process is completely reversible and Johnson & Johnson say that the transition between light to dark is “quick” and “seamless”. Of course what it does mean however is that these will quite literally make your eyes appear much, much darker than they previously were. Johnson & Johnson haven’t provided any imagery of the lenses actually being worn either so that’s definitely something to consider.
Topics: Industry News
Sometimes great discoveries happen by complete accident. Penicillin was discovered by Alexander Fleming when he accidentally left a petri dish out in his laboratory in 1928, for instance. And now an unintended discovery by English scientists who were trying to solve the world's trash problem might make it a lot easier to dispose of plastic waste. How? By feeding it to a hungry enzyme that evolved in a dump and was accidentally improved in a laboratory. No, this isn't Little Shop Of Horrors, 21st-century style; this is real life.
Combs are one of our oldest tools, used by humans across cultures and ages for decoration, detangling, and delousing. They derive from the most fundamental human tool of all—the hand. And from the time that humans began using combs instead of their fingers, comb design has scarcely changed, prompting the satirical paper the Onion to publish a piece titled "Comb Technology: Why Is It So Far Behind the Razor and Toothbrush Fields?" The Stone Age craftsman who made the oldest known comb—a small four-toothed number carved from animal bone some eight thousand years ago—would have no trouble knowing what to do with the bright blue plastic version sitting on my bathroom counter.
Topics: Industry News
Have you heard of Upcycled clothing...? Well, it's a new trend taking the clothing industry by storm. Companies are jumping at the bit to take plastic trash from the ocean and turning it into shirts!
A Stockholm-based fashion brand, Grant, has launched a new "Beacons Project," consisting of creating a new line of shirts made using upcycled plastic salvaged from the ocean by fishermen in the Mediterranean. The initiative will see them partner with Seaqual, a fiber brand that upcycles plastics collected from the sea to make a polyester filament.
Through their Beacons Project they are launching an entirely new process of creating products with a conscious, sustainable approach, which they will hopefully grow and evolve over time. "We're determined to take responsibility and to do our part to make our planet better because the ocean's business is everyone's business."
The shirts resulting from the initiative will span menswear and womenswear, with options for women including a "Bio Oxford Popover Shirt" featuring a flared sleeve, and a "Bio Chambray Shirt" in a button-down style. Men will also get a "Bio Chambray Shirt" with a box pleat, and a "Bio Indigo Chambray" made using only indigo dye. All shirts in the series will feature buttons and packaging made from recycled materials.
Topics: Recycling Plastic