Check out this amazing structure assembled in public view, on the grounds of the London Building Centre, in England-
Challenges remain on the structural integrity in the face of weather issues – strong winds… lashing rains… violent, ‘no fun’ kinds of storms. Maybe there’s an opportunity for you to bring your mind to the puzzle and create a more sustainable model? Great opportunity to put your “inner architect”, as well as your techie self, into a potentially great future!
Managing waste is a growing problem around the world and cities, citizens and businesses are pitching in with innovative ways to recycle. Here are three ideas that help keep used products out of dumps, landfills and waterways.
A Clean Solution to Ocean Pollution
More than 220 million tons of plastic are produced each year, and a lot of it finds its ways into the world’s oceans. The resulting water pollution threatens the environment and marine life. Every year at least 1 million sea birds and 100,000 sharks, turtles, dolphins and whales die from eating plastic. One company is trying to call attention to the issue by recycling plastic that washes up on the beaches of Hawaii and transforming it into bottles that contain hand and dish soap made by the firm. Method Products touts its method as better than using virgin materials to make new bottles.
Rusty Vesssels Make Waves in Amsterdam
The founders of De Ceuvel floated an idea to the city of Amsterdam: Lease us an abandoned shipyard and its decaying boats and we’ll turn it all into a sustainable urban development with reused, recycled and found materials. Needless to say, municipal officials fell for it hook, line and sinker. And why not? The group is transforming the polluted brownfield and boats into the De Ceuvel community center, which will be a hub for offices, artist workshops, meeting spots, a bed-and-breakfast and a restaurant. The site will also feature bamboo paths and soil-cleaning plants to help filter any remaining toxins in the ground.
Where Trash Is a Hot Commodity
For Sweden, not having enough garbage is a real waste. That’s because it burns household trash at incineration plants to produce energy. The problem is, the country, which has one of the highest recycling rates in the world, doesn’t produce enough garbage for the generators to run at maximum capacity. To help solve the issue, Sweden now imports 700,000 tons of waste from other countries. While most of Sweden’s waste is incinerated, 1 percent ends up deposited in landfills, while the remaining 15 percent is recycled.
For more inspiration on how smart recycling is making an impact on the environment, read the post Cities, Citizens Look to Unearth Opportunity by Talking Trash.
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Over the years people have dreamed of city farming utopias where the food is grown so close to the people who eat it that those consumers can reach out and touch the crops. We’ve seen vertical, roof top and floating farms to name a few. MIT has been giving it a go with CityFarm. A project that started with 60 square feet to grow plants hydroponically and others aeroponically in a simple mist. So far the results have been great with two harvests that provide produce to 300 people. See a harvest…