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1.2 billion people around the world have no access to electricity and WakaWaka ('Shine Bright' in Swahili) want to do something about that in a sustainable way. WakaWakas are the most efficient solar powered lamps and chargers in the world. These true lifesavers for anyone in need of electricity are indispensable products both in the developing world and in the West.
The Asociación Orgánica is an association of 8 fincas: farm houses in and around the mountain village of Chocontá. The farmers of the association practice small-scale and organic agriculture at an altitude of 2800 meters above sea level in the Andes, about 60 kilometers outside Bogotá.
It’s 11am and I’ve just ordered an ‘African Tea’ in Kigali. However, I’m now realizing that the milky, gingery pot of heaven that the waitress is about to bring out is in fact just a tourist-friendly version of African Tea.
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.
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.
Wear a story used old, second hand clothing to create brand new pieces. Lauriane Milis is the founder. She considered upcycling of old clothing the best way to realise her dream of a trendy clothing line, produced in an ethical and efficient way.
In Hamburg we’ve visited the temporary exhibition on ‘Fast Fashion’ at the Museum fűr Kunst und Gewerbe (MK&G) and we spoke with Kirsten Hagemann (Greenpeace) who’s working on the current campaign against Fast Fashion. The visit was very impressive and made us think: why is it so hard to improve the way we produce, buy, use and recycle clothes, shoes and accessories?
Built in World War II, the Energy Bunker is a former anti aircraft structure. During the war, it also offered shelter for thousands of refugees. The bunker was damaged and run down in the aftermath of the war and as a ruin it was not touched for almost sixty years.
First stop of the Nudge Circular Cities Tour 2015 is the city of Rotterdam in The Netherlands. Over the past few years Rotterdam became well-known for its challenging architecture. One of the striking new buildings in Rotterdam is the completely renewed Central Train Station.
Better Future Factory is a start up which focuses on re-using plastics. Their inspiration came from seeing the vast amounts of plastic cups being thrown away at the Dutch music festival Lowlands.
Written by Antoine Delaunay Belleville from Future of Waste
Future of Waste is a global collaborative platform that showcases projects and smart solutions that show waste can be a restart.
Future of Waste gathers people who are looking for a helpful network to develop/prototype innovative, sustainable, concrete solutions for the circular economy. They are looking for tools, support and connections to get more involved or to up scale their personal or professional projects. Future of Waste gathers highly graduated youngsters from the MakeSense Community willing to make senseful changes, and experts and pro bono collaborators who can address technical or legal issues.
During the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, which takes place in Paris from 30th November to 11th December 2015, Place to B offers not only a place to stay, but also a coworking space, a program of events and a “News Fab Lab” about climate and solutions for the ecological transition.
Beyond COP21, Place to B is above all a movement fuelled by all those who want to convey the message in a different way.
Originally they come from the province of Corrientes, in the east of Argentina, close to the border with Brasil.
In their home province of Corrientes, they set up the project of the “Eco Casita”: the construction of a house made out of plastic bottles.
Recycle unsold bread in beer, it is possible. That's what the Brussels Beer Project is doing with it's freshly released beer Babylone. Inspired by local actors, Beer Project spent a year prototyping a new kind of beer that uses unsold fresh bread to substitute malt as a raw material. Every month BBP brews 12.000 bottles of bread beer and saves about 500kg of bread from being wasted.
Tale Me rents out high quality, eco friendly, children's clothing. Once parents are done using them, they can send them back to Tale Me where they are made available to be used again by other families. Based on the principles of the functionality economy, the clothes are fixed up to be used again. Instead of using low quality items that are being tossed out after minimal usage, these items are designed to last and can be used over and over again.
Fairphone is a company founded in the Netherlands that wants to improve the conditions around sourcing, production, distribution and recycling of electronics. The first Fairphone came to life by selling 5000 phones in a crowd funding campaign. The Fairphone 2 is to be expected in 2015.
Healthy Seas is a collaboration between three parties that collects the old nets, recycles them into usable nylon and produces wearable clothing from that nylon. The nylon is becoming increasingly popular as more brands are using the nylon for their sustainable items.
Taxi Electric is an initiative from Amsterdam. They aim at reducing the pollution of the transportation sector by starting their electronic taxi service.