Tag: Green Blues

device that recycles glass bottles into sand
Recreation

Turning Glass Bottles into Sand

New Zealand is famous for its old nature: mountains, beaches, rivers, lakes and a lot of national parks to be protected. Newzealanders also do love beer, but obviously not the trash that is left behind after evening drinks at the beach. For that reason the New Zealand brewery DB Breweries designed a device that immediately turn empty glass bottles into sand!

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artificial sun constructed out of 149 spotlights
Hypernature

Artificial Sun Tested in Germany

With temperatures warmer then ever, an artificial sun doesn’t seem like the first thing we need. German scientists on the other hand hope to develop a sun simulation that will not give us only daylight, but also carbon neutral fuel to power our needs.

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Fake Nature

Smartflower Solar Device

Finally a fake flower with a purpose! POP the Smartflower is an all-in-one solar energy system that harvests sunlight but also stores it. It looks like a giant sunflower with solar panels petals, it interestingly behaves like one as well. Not that it turns yellow once in bloom, but it follows the sun around all day long.

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Next Nature

ECO Coin Goes to DGTL Festival 2017

The ECO coin is a digital currency rewarding people who are actively contributing to a more sustainable world. We believe that if you do something good for our shared ecology, then you should be rewarded for your actions. This year we are very fortunate to find a fantastic community at DGTL Music Festival who will help us to deliver our first grand experiment in Amsterdam.

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Next Nature

Koert van Mensvoort at Springforum 2017

On March 31 (from 10:00 to 13:00), two weeks after the parliamentary elections in the Netherlands, the Dutch city of Amersfoort will host the annual edition of Springforum. Organizer Natuurmonumenten will seize this moment to present a manifesto containing proposals from various speakers, who will introduce their vision on how to establish a sustainable, yet green coalition for the future. NNN director Koert van Mensvoort is among the speakers and will guide the audience forward to nature.

Image: Impakt

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Suburban Utopia

From Shopping Center to Urban Farm

In a corner of the Dizengoff shopping center in Tel Aviv there is a wooden kiosk selling fresh greens and herbs. It’s called Honesty Stand and it’s an unexpected oasis in the multitude of chain stores and food courts that you can find in every mall. This modest vegetable stand depends on the honor system: no staff or cashier, customers take what they need and leave the money in a box. Does it work? Yes, 80% of people do pay. Thanks to the high quality and affordable prices, the produce sells out easily and the stand has to be replenished four times a day, but that’s not difficult as the vegetables are grown on the roof of the shopping center.

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Anthropocene

Turning Air Pollution Into Ink

Air pollution causes 3.7 million premature deaths each year and counting. Massive developing countries are threatened by this powerful enemy. “I see smog every morning” said Anirudh Sharma, co-founder of Graviky Labs,  Indian startup and spin-off of MIT Media Lab focusing on technological innovative solutions. That’s why he found a way to turn air pollution into ink that can be used for printers, markers and more. They call it Air Ink.

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Waterbike
Microbial Factories

The Water-Cleaning Bike

Would you like to go for a bike ride on the water? Brazilian artist Ivan Henriques developed a bike that enables you to do just that. But there is more, while you are cycling merrily in the lake, it simultaneously purifies a trail of water after you.

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