In a world with rapidly growing urban cities and an increasing global population, Ayumi Matsuzaka (a Japanese artist and social entrepreneur) was quick to spot a rising concern regarding the garbage created by diapers and its environmental impact. Modern societies strongly rely on the use of disposable diapers, however the plastic fabric and materials in them take ages to decompose and its waste treatment has long been neglected.
Creative use of resources brings hope for the future of humanity. The WASTE BIN TO LIVING ROOM program is an initiative of two young businesses in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, Nigeria which helps in providing jobs to young unemployed while cleaning up the city's waste. The founders Mr Itohowo Inyang, a trained art sculptor and Mr. Akanimo Akan, a microbiologist / corporate communicator found a way to combine working in sustainability and creative metal fabrication.
Food waste has been a perpetual problem in the developed world. While many people in other countries have been facing food shortages, people in major cities of developed countries are throwing away vast amounts of food - just sheerly not being able to finish it. Each year, an amount of 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted.
Xinca is no ordinary sneaker, it’s a sport shoe made to last and make a difference. This company started as the dream project of a group of lifetime friends, who were concerned about social and environmental issues in the region, and they were committed to develop a sustainable business – with ecological and ethical practices.
By Nudge Sustainability Reporter Mirjana Uzelac Filipendin
Some of the most severe problems of the modern world today are food and water. We have disproportional levels of production, distribution, consumption and disposal of food. In 2012 it was estimated that astonishing 925 million of the world's population is suffering from hunger. According to several studies from the UK around 30-50% of food is wasted before it ever reaches the tables. Therefore, consumerism and a culture of disposability contribute to wasted food in wealthy parts of the world while in less developing nations the problem lies with issues like inefficient harvesting techniques and shipping practices.
A group of Rotterdam based students of Design gathered to produce a possible scenario that will solve the food waste problem and make new material for the modern society. They turned some of the daily 3,500 kilos of rotten or other unsellable fruits and vegetables from Rotterdam's outdoor markets and transformed them from trash into Fruitleather! This material can be used in many different ways, creating a variety of products, such as design bags, that show the quality and possibilities that Fruitleather has to offer.
The students from Willem de Kooning Academy described that the material is different from the animal leather. It is an alternative, sustainable option and animal-friendly upholstery. It has a different texture and color depending on the type of fruit that was used to produce it. However, by all means the project contributes to more awareness about food waste and shows how we can make use of all those tons of food that never gets eaten.
Creators: “The food isn’t trash, you just need to find a different purpose for the resisting material. We used our design background to come up with a solution. We found the solution in gastronomy! Chefs use different techniques to create wonderful flavor experiences with fruits and vegetables using them to garnish their plates. One of those techniques is to mash, cook and then dry fruits to make them into a candy-like piece of fruit, called Fruitleather”.
The authors have already participated in several exhibitions and they are planning to upgrade their material. By increasing the technical abilities of the material as well as the wide range of products that can be made with Fruitleather. The designers hope that it will push the industries towards more sustainable options. They already got the attention from several investors.
Therefore, instead of yearly wasting an astonishing 222 million tons of food in developing countries, we can lower down the costs of food disposal (that are estimated to be worth about 1 billion US dollars per year) and we can do something smart with the waste. This means that we can change the statistics which show that in a single year 95-115 kg of food is wasted per capita in Europe and North America. Just imagine the amount of handy design bags, pieces of clothing or even car seats that can be made with this Fruitleather.
Watch the video about Fruitleather here
People always think that there is no use of rubbish. Quite wrong! Garbage is a misplaced resource! Treatment and disposal of waste has become a hot topic in the environmental protection field. Therefore, a number of companies which aim to deal with garbage have been set up.
With more than half of the world’s population living in urban areas, cities are becoming hubs for ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity as well as social development. However, the rapidly growing urban population which is expected to reach 6.5 billion people (two third of the world’s population) by 2050 poses serious challenges for the future cities.
I came up with this idea because of a strong desire to solve the needs of the communities in remote rural areas of Uzbekistan that experience shortage of energy resources. The households in many rural areas use energy resources mainly for cooking and heating. My invention is a low cost sustainable solar cooker and heater that will serve as an alternative source of energy for rural low income families.
Most people, but especially sustainability minded people are overly aware of the amount of food wasted everyday across the world. Produced, processed, transported and ready-to-cook vegetables, grains, spices and even meat go to waste. Not only in our kitchens, but also through the stores' backdoor. Instead of being paralyzed with this knowledge an exceptional initiative grew into the leading foundation called Instock, targeting all these facets of food waste and showing us how to make great meals with this food.
It is time to involve local communities in the issue of their developments. This can be easy if we introduce innovative ideas that will benefit both the communities and the world at large. As conservationists and researchers let’s treat rural residents as respected & valued partners and they will then become the solution to conservation of the environment and not the problem!
The Colombian Juan Nicolas Suarez and his talented team at Diseclar innovated with a manufacturing process that turns non-degradable plastics and vegetable fibers from agro-industrial waste sites into incredible stylish furniture.
On Friday last week (25 September 2015), world leaders adopted the Post 2015 Global Development Agenda that contains a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations in New York. This is an outcome of Rio + 20 summit that took place three years ago.
In the metropolitan city of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub, with an ever-increasing population of 18 million people, it is normal to find waste of all forms littered on the streets. But where the inhabitants reject these unwanted materials, Wecyclers, a waste recycling social enterprise, have found new use for them.
Have you ever wondered what happened to your first computer, mobile phone or where did your Tamagoshi end up?
A group of 6 friends, 4 girls and 2 boys, have initiated a project to transfer garbage into building material. In an interview in 2012, they said the idea simply came from their ambition to clean up the living environment while providing better living conditions for people.
Are you a talented writer? Do you have a passion for sustainability? And are you well informed about sustainability initiatives in your area? Then, you might just be the Reporter we are looking for!
L.O.O.P. stands for Life Out Of Plastic. It was founded by Irene and Nadia in Lima, with the idea of raising awareness around the pollution by any kind of plastic. Through the sales of products made out of recycled materials (mostly rPET fibers, which are used in plastic bottles), L.O.O.P. finances awareness campaigns in Peru.
Mods are square wooden frames which can be stacked on top of each other to form a partition or a solid structure. Perfect for stages, theatre performances, pop-up stores, fairs and exhibitions.
The Dutch government aims to stimulate the transition towards a circular economy. That is why the Ministry of Environment was one of the partners of the Nudge Circular Cities Tour. I joined the group on its trip to gain insights on how policies can support circular initiatives in society.
During our short stay in Milan we visited Venti Sostenibili, an organisation that brings together social enterprises in and around Milan. At The Milano HUB, a shared space for startups and homebase of Venti Sostenibili, we discussed two of their fruitful projects and also what’s needed to move to a circular economy.