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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To accommodate the energy transition towards an energy system that is no longer dependent of fossil fuels we are to change our heating system. The Heat Roundabout is our answer in the area of the Port of Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
There are tons of industrial fabrics thrown away once they have served their purpose, even though they are not worn out. In Paris, France, Bilum had enough of this unnecessary wasting of fine materials and decided to do something about it. They have been collecting these materials and transforming them into brand new items since 2005.
Kalundborg, is next to its historical centre, famous for having the world’s first large-scale Industrial Symbiosis. Already in the 1972, the first real symbiosis project was launched; delivery of excess gas from the refinery to the gypsum board plan built by Saint-Gobain Gypoc. Many in Kalundborg feel that waste comes totally at the end of a resource’s life cyle
Buurman (neighbour) reclaims waste building materials from local partners; construction sights, musea, exhibitions and festivals. These materials are sold in the DIY building market to consumers, professionals, carpenters and artists.
At the Industrial Symbioses Park in Kalundborg companies use a lot of water for their production process. Companies, like Novozymes and NovoNordisk, use high quality water from a nearby lake. Within Symbiosis companies and the municipality are developing innovative ways to use that water in a smarter way, like using algae in a greenhouse!
In the catacombs of a former tropical swimming pool our Nudge Explores team is the guest of Siemen Cox, initiator of “RotterZwam the movement”. Welcome to the world of oyster mushrooms, fertilizers, hair growth-improving shampoo’s, bio-plastics, and fermentation-catalysers, all based on the coffee grounds that was otherwise thrown away.
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.
Throughout Europe there is an emerging movement of social innovators fighting food waste. These food surplus entrepreneurs have developed activities to tackle food waste throughout the supply chain: prevention of food waste at the source, awareness-raising towards consumers, processing of food surplus into a product or delicious meal and redistribution of food surplus to people in need.