Many creators or inventors have wanted to put their talent and good ideas at the service of protecting the environment. Although there are fortunately many more, we have curated this list of ingenious ecological events that you may not have known about. Great ideas that are a small step on the great path that humans still have to take to adopt greener and more sustainable habits.
- Edible cutlery
- Biodegradable water bottles
- Walls to purify the air
- The shoe that grows
- The glass that becomes a tree
- Less animal protein
This option is undoubtedly much better than using a plastic cutlery every time we need to eat out or have snacks or fast foods. An example of this are the scoops for ice cream in a tub. Have you ever stopped to think about the number of plastic spoons that a city ice cream parlor uses in just one hour serving ice cream? It is a product with a very short life, which is doomed to end up in the trash after having consumed a small ice cream. Unfortunately, a very frequent habit that has serious consequences for the planet.
According to a recent study, Americans throw away so many disposable cutlery in a single year that they could go around the world 300 times. Incredible true? Edible spoons (made, for example, from wafer) are an alternative to this great problem that one day the Indian scientist Narayan Peesapaty, founder of the Bakey’s Food company, thought about. The edible cutlery from this sustainable company is made from rice, flour and water, they have a very pleasant taste and have the great advantage that you can eat them after finishing the ice cream. They last 3 years and, if you don’t eat it, they will decompose in just four days. From now on, choose ice cream parlors that use edible wafers or cutlery instead of plastic ones.
Biodegradable water bottles
Another of the great problems for the planet within the consumption is the enormous amount of bottles of water that are wasted in the world. In addition, plastic is a very harmful material for the Earth. To help curb the excessive use of plastic bottles, the Skipping Rocks Lab team created fully biodegradable bottles that will allow us to store and transport water, keeping it fresh and in good condition and helping us to say, finally, “no” to the polluting plastic water bottle.
Walls to purify the air
Bad news. The pollution of cities is not only outside our homes, but can also sneak in and make us breathe day and night an environment full of pollution. To purify the air in the home, the plant wall of the AgroSci company was created. It is made from plants that clean polluted air and help reduce noise and heat naturally. Breathe pure oxygen in your home thanks to this particular wall! According to the AgroSci system, one of these walls with 300 plants has the capacity to clean the air as much as 60,000 normal plants would.
The shoe that grows
How many pairs of sneakers or shoes have we owned throughout our life? Footwear is an industry that is also extremely damaging to the environment because in the Western world you tend to buy more than you actually use. One day, during a trip to Kenya, the designer Kenton Lee saw an image that inspired him to carry out this invention: a five-year-old girl wearing a shoe much smaller than her foot. From there, he got down to work to invent the shoe that grows: a shoe made with ecological materials, light and easy to transport, which has the peculiarity of being able to adapt to the foot as it grows. It is intended to last more than five years and can replace five shoe sizes. We can buy one starting today and forget about buying sneakers for a while. Kenton Lee’s company has also sent many of its products to third world children.
The glass that becomes a tree
One of the most relevant inventions in recent years has been the glass made from seeds . It was born to replace polystyrene, a highly harmful material that never decomposes; So if you drink the coffee or carry the food in a polystyrene container, you will be throwing into the Planet a compound that will last until the end of Earth’s days in exchange for 20 minutes of use. Fortunately, in many countries this material has already been withdrawn as packaging for the food industry.
The revolutionary glass that was born as an alternative to the harmful polystyrene was created by the Californian company “Reduce. Reuse. Grow” (Reduce. Reuse. Grow) and its peculiarity is that, when you finish drinking your coffee, you do not need to look for a bin anymore , but you can plant it underground. In time, your waste will give rise to the birth of a tree.
Less animal protein
Did you know that raising animals and their feeding processes contribute to emitting 18% of greenhouse gases? The number is so high that the Hampton Creek company set out to try to mitigate these effects and developed a range of products that substituted proteins from animals for proteins of plant origin . Their products are quite successful because they taste good, are much healthier and clearly more environmentally friendly. One of its flagship products is Just Mayo, a mayonnaise jar that replaces eggs with Canadian yellow peas.
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