Have you ever pondered how much waste is generated when we do our grocery shopping? From the large plastic bags at the checkout counter (which you’ve likely replaced with a reusable alternative) to the plastic produce bags, plastic containers for bulk items, and plastic packaging for all of the processed and portion snacks we love.
Not only are we perpetuating the plastic waste, but we typically only have a choice to buy food in bulk. For example, say you want to make a recipe for savory chicken with thyme. Your choice is to buy a plastic container of thyme or a VERY large bunch of it – enough to make the chicken recipe for a banquet party (which goes bad before you can come up with enough recipes to use it up!).
Not only does 23% of food waste end up in our landfills, but a high percentage end up in our oceans threatening marine life. Consumer’s packaging may be used only once, but it truly lives for ever, polluting our environment.
We need more choices when grocery shopping so we can make a difference in our destiny.
The zero waste grocery store trend is only just starting in the U.S.; so far there is only one completely waste free store in the U.S., In.Gredients in Austin, Texas.
East Berlin introduced the no package store when Original Unverpackt opened.
It may take a cultural change for some to get over their germaphobia, but in the long run, it will greatly impact our future for the better. Together, we can turn this tide against food waste.
Would you shop at a supermarket without packaging?
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IBM Deep Thunder
The weather is an ever-changing source of fascination for everyone – no matter which part of the planet you inhabit. The seasons go round, and with these cycles, weather takes on different aspects. You can get the weather report from your TV, radio, smart phone or a myriad of other sources. But, generally, these are localized reports and pertain to traffic conditions, school/business closures and the like. In other words, how the stuff going on outside your door is going to affect you personally.
Deep Thunder is a more complex system - it “focuses on the operational problems that weather can present to businesses in very specific locales—challenges that traditional meteorology doesn’t address.” The roots of this technology date back to 1995, when IBM and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) joined forces to take on the challenge of targeted forecasting. Read the full story by clicking the picture below:
As our planet continues to evolve, and we seek new ways to be Smarter in all our business decisions and use of the Earth’s resources, Deep Thunder may be a big player for strategists seeking to ensure best outcomes. Are you thinking of going the route of entrepreneurship? Perhaps Deep Thunder will serve to aid you in making choices about whatever project you’re seeking to establish!
Along with modernization has come an increase in noise pollution worldwide. Although this technology was introduced approximately a year ago, its relevance remains timely. As we move further along the path to more organized and efficient mass transportation worldwide, consideration must be given to the impact the noise will have on the surrounding environs and inhabitants (both human and other…) Sustainability of the materials is another concern – and that, too, is addressed.
Take a look at the: BREMEX ANNSYS for railways – watch the videos posted there! The system was designed by
a company based in Slovenia, and has been installed in Russia and Germany. Visit their website by clicking on the logo above. Their purpose is developing systems that solve worldwide railway problems relating to noise, wear and tear, friction, vibrations, jolts, corrugation, maintenance problems, and railway working conditions. All their solutions are supported by revolutionary WONROS™ (Wear Out and Noise Reduction On Source) technology.
And, read about their involvement in the Better Cities for Better Life conference held in Prague in 2014.
Advantages of the BREMEX system:
- 99 % reduction of high frequency braking noise
- Reduces vibrations and strokes on the rail brake
- Effective anti-wear protection of rail braking segments and wagon wheel flanks
- Effective anti-noise and anti-wear protection for exposed parts on the switches, check rails, etc
- Operates at all extreme weather conditions with the same material (DBM 50)
What noise reduction systems do you envision to make the world a more soothing place to inhabit, while providing increased mobility to the masses?
With so much talk of drones in the media and how they can sometimes be viewed as a threat, it is refreshing to see that some drones are actually saving lives.
From delivering blood…. to search and rescue…. to defibrillation, drones have many different roles when it comes to saving lives.
Here is a good example of how drones with thermal imagery can spot survivors of a disaster much better than could otherwise be found (look closely and you will see the white images moving amongst the rubble):
Danish firm Sky-Watch, in cooperation with DanChurch Aid, has used airborne thermal imagery to spot people stranded amongst storm debris. The drones can be in the air in a matter of minutes after a disaster strikes, saving lives earlier.
There are signs more drones are coming to developing countries. A team from Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands, has created a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) with built-in defibrillation equipment. And EPFL is working to set up African drone networks to deliver blood supplies to rural health clinics.
Do you have a need for a drone in the technology you are developing? Drone Adventures provides the drones for other industries that have a need, so you don’t have to be an expert in drone technology, but can benefit from their expertise.