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Snact is just starting to ramp up their new business using food that would otherwise be thrown away, such as apples that are deemed too small for supermarkets as well as other fruits that would otherwise be thrown away. A bit of pulping and a lot of drying later, they turn into snacts.

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GrowUP Urban Farms uses aquaponics to produce sustainable plant and fish growth to supply city businesses with nutritious food.  They lower the environmental impact of agriculture by building and operating farms that take unused urban space and use it to grow produce. Through the use of aquaponic technology and protected cropping, they can produce a year-round harvest of fresh, leafy vegetables and fish.

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Sounds like 2 very responsible businesses that are lead by young entrepreneurs who decided to take action and make a sustainable difference in the world.

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If you’re interested in experiencing all the tech and machinery that is part of the world of recycling, you may want to book yourself a flight to Germany! In June 2015, the 4th RecyclingAktiv Demo Trade Show will be held on the fairground of the Baden-Baden airport.

During the three days of the fair the exhibitors will be provided free of charge with approximately 8,000 tons of the following materials for the live demonstration of the exhibits!

  • Scrap
  • Paper/cardboard/cardboard packaging
  • Wood
  • Plastics
  • Building rubble
  • Other materials

Learn more here: RecyclingAktiv

 

And here’s a short synopsis re: the trade show, with some stats about Germany’s investment in paper recycling from the Pulp and Paper News.

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‘Waste’ is actually a resource

 

Talking about human waste is not the best of topics, but it is incredibly important. Around 2 billion people still use latrines that are not drained sanitarily, or simply do their business out in the open. This waste ends up contaminating water and making millions of people sick. It is estimated that diseases from poor sanitation is responsible for the death of around 700,00 children every year, and many more are permanently affected by these diseases.

Enter the Janicki Omniprocessor:

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This machine can take human waste, which is a feedstock that you can actually get paid to take off someone else’s hands, and transforms it into desirable things: Pure, drinking water, excess electricity (the machine powers itself and can send excess power to the grid), and sterilized ash.

Now for the best part, see Bill Gates take a swig of this ‘sanitized’ water:

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Would you be brave enough to drink this water knowing what it’s source was?

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Energy savings – it’s all over the news.  Maybe you can become a do-it-yourself-er and start your own sun catching!

Check out this article from SolarLove

3D Printable Solar Panels Might Be Coming Soon

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Georgia Tech University

 

And here’s a host of links from CleanTechnica on the subject:

3D Solar Panel Printing,

Integrating Solar Into Grid Not So Hard…

 

There’s a lot still to be explored in this realm.  What other combinations of technology may spring to mind?  Maybe your invention will lead us to a new way of living…

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WOW – OSVehicle is gaining traction as an open source DIY electric car – check it out:

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The OSVehicle, which comes in both two seat and four seat versions, can integrate a fully electric drivetrain, an integrated hybrid engine, or an internal combustion engine

They have a robust career page available here which lists some tech/engineering jobs that would put you on the leading edge of this great new technology!

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