Each year at NNN we look for people and projects that contribute to making the planet a more sustainable place and reward them with the ECO Coin Award. In 2016 the winner was Dutch designer Dave Hakkens and his Precious Plastic recycling machines. One year after launching the second version of his machines, studio Dave Hakkens treated themselves with a little present to celebrate this achievement: the precious plastic patches. Hakkens is currently working on the development of an upgraded version of the machines, and you can help him achieve that goal. Play your part in plastic recycling worldwide, and you might get a nice patch in return.
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!
Turtles love jellyfish. Unfortunately, they often mistake plastic bags for their favorite food. According to the United Nations Environment Program each year 100,000 marine mammals, including sea turtles, die from ocean pollution and ingestion or entanglement in marine debris; waste directly or indirectly disposed in oceans, rivers and other waterways. Antonio Esparza designed the TurtleBag: a 3D printable exoskeleton to help turtles distinguish plastic bags from jellyfish and extend their lifespan.
Last year we handed our annual ECO Coin Award to Dutch designer Dave Hakkens for his outstanding contribution in fighting plastic waste with the Precious Plastic movement. His work caused a wave of enthusiasm around the world and has been growing ever since. After four years since Hakkens launched his first version of the recycling machines, it is time for an upgrade and you can help him achieve that goal.
You don’t have to visit New York for a nice plastic souvenir of the Statue of Liberty anymore, you can easily 3D print one yourself. With 3D printing becoming more and more omnipresent, souvenirs of places you have never been to, and a load of other useless crap, are just a few clicks (and if you don’t own a 3D printer, a short walk to the nearest fablab) away.
It’s that time of year again. The season of gift giving is upon us and to help out those who are struggling to find that perfect gift for that special someone we have brought together a collection of Next Nature inspired gifts. Whether you need something for a family member addicted to tech, or an older eco hippy relative we’ve got you covered. Please enjoy our Next Nature gift guide 2016.
On of the evidences of the Anthropocene is plastic pollution, which in particular affects oceans and marine ecosystems. However, plastics not only accumulate in the seas. You can also find it undigested in the stomach of birds. Why birds are not able to choose between eating a fresh fish or the cap of a plastic bottle? Well, if you wait long enough plastic starts to smell like bird food.
The Nespresso coffee pods are here to stay. The plastic and aluminium they are made of is not biodegradable and, though the efforts to recycle and upcycle them, the impact of this practical way of drinking coffee is taking its toll on the environment. Artist Alex Aebi‘ s collection of insects made of recycled plastic pods shows us an alternative way in which this waste can inhabit our natural world. Peculiar image of the week via Guilliiame Perret.
We recently assigned this year’s ECO Coin Award to Dutch designer Dave Hakkens, founder of the Precious Plastic movement. With his open-source recycling machines, he gives people around the world the knowledge to locally start recycling plastic. We visited Hakkens’ studio, where we spoke about recycling, mobile phones, traveling and sustainability.