Don’t underestimate the power of poo! In the never-ending quest to reduce, reuse and recycle – some have found a way to even make poo a valuable commodity.
And since there will not be a shortage of poo anytime soon, these clever minds stand to profit substantially from their brilliant ideas.
Last year, the UK’s first bus powered by human poo hit the roads of Bristol and in January this year, the Janicki Omniprocessor, a machine that turns human poo into water was revealed. Janicki Bioenergy, the company behind the machine, is soon to ship a processor to Dakar, Senegal, where it will produce 10,800 litres of water.
Here are some other examples of how waste is being integrated into sustainable, circular design and production with environmental and social benefits.
There are seats made from urine and sand, so it’s almost inevitable that there would be furniture fashioned from poo, or to be more precise, a mixture of horse manure, straw and other agricultural waste. The stools and lampshades, known as Terra, were the creation of Tel Aviv-based designer Adital Ela.
Stools made from stools
Let cow poo provide the power
Writing on rhino poo
Run your vehicle on panda poo
WOW – that’s quite an extensive all-reaching use of poo power I would say! It hits so many industries within retail and energy sectors.
It just takes some creative minds to embrace unconventional resources to “get the ball rolling” or in this case, “get the poo flowing”
Project Jacquard is the latest wacky yet perhaps world-changing innovation from Google’s ATAP lab. The idea is simple: weave conductive yarns into textiles, that can make your clothes act like touchscreens.
Project Jacquard makes it possible to weave touch and gesture interactivity into any textile using standard, industrial looms.
Everyday objects such as clothes and furniture can be transformed into interactive surfaces.
This new technology is challenging designers to think about 200 year old traditional garment production in a whole new and exciting way:
I can’t wait to be able to turn on my home air conditioning when leaving my office without having to pull my cell phone out to do so. Do you have any skills that can advance this technology?
Now here’s something that I don’t often see – and I am somewhat of a fan of all that glitters and IS gold! Imagine taking something as mundane as coffee grounds and turning it into something that most consider to be a commodity – jewelry!
The Java Ore jewellery range celebrates reinvention and creativity, integrating a beautiful unusual material derived from coffee grounds, with gold and sterling silver. The striking and original designs are inspired by the properties and formation of coffee grounds, uncovering their beauty and transforming them into covetable lasting gems that intrigue and delight.
If you are interested in the circular economy (generally it’s more economically-friendly, because it means that you’re using less of new resources) as it relates to high fashion, check out the other coffee ground jewelry designs at their e-commerce website here