Who says it's not going well? In the meantime, many people have thought about an ecological future - and developed great ideas for a livable planet.
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#1 Green electricity for everyone
The Canadian company Water Motor Energy Technologies has developed a water turbine that can generate electricity even in very slowly flowing waters. The "Waterotor" requires a flow speed of only 3,2 km / h. This allows it to be used in almost any body of water and to provide environmentally friendly power to undeveloped areas worldwide.
#2 Shampoo without plastic packaging
Nohbo Drops are capsules filled with shampoo. Their shell dissolves in contact with water in seconds and comes out completely without plastic. Invented the practical drop Benjamin Stern. At the age of 14, he presented his idea on a TV show, the US equivalent of the "Cave of the Lions," and landed an investor there. Nohbo Drops are now ready for the market and, according to the inventor, a sustainable alternative to plastic shampoo bottles.
#3 Delicious spoon
Bakeys is a pioneer in food-grade eating utensils, based in Hyderabad, India, and was founded by researcher Narayana Peesapaty as an environmentally friendly alternative to disposable plastic, wood and bamboo disposable items. The basis for the edible spoon is millet, rice and wheat flour. The spoon comes in different flavors from sweet to spicy.
#4 Plastic free brush teeth
With Bite tooth paste bits Brushing becomes plastic-free. Because like a chewy candy, the toothpaste, which is just not a paste, can be stored in the glass and transported. Chewed in the mouth can thus as usual with the brush (also for toothbrushes, there are alternatives, for example made of wood) to be cleaned. This could save millions of plastic tubes.
#5 Washing clothes by bicycle
The idea is as simple as it is ingenious: a washing drum mounted on a bicycle is powered by physical strength. The device, which means a step forward, especially in developing countries, was invented by product designer Richard Hewitt. The spin Cycle Not only saves time, but also water and is designed so that the washing drum can be quickly attached and removed.
#6 Plastic bottles that give light
The mechanic Alfredo Moser from Brazil, the groundbreaking lamp has already invented 2002. A large plastic bottle filled with water and a spoonful of chlorine against algae formation, donated since then in many countries light in corrugated iron huts and Co. The plastic bottles Moser has mounted through milled holes in the roof and sealed so that it can not rain. The light rays can now reach the inside of the huts through the transparent plastic bottles, breaking themselves in the water and it becomes very bright in the living room. A bottle outside corresponds to a light bulb from 40 to 60 Watt - without electricity. Meanwhile, the concept has been further developed and supplemented with solar panels.
#7 Waterballs instead of plastic bottles
The London start-up "Skipping Rocks Lab" develops packaging solutions on a biological basis. With the waterballs called "Ooho!"The developers of the start-up want to replace plastic bottles in the future because the balls can be taken like a bottle The best part is that they consist of an algae extract and are thus 100 percent degradable and because you can even eat them, the water ball lands just in the mouth instead of in the trash.
#8 Mr. Trash Wheel
Mr. Trash Wheel is a semi-autonomous garbage collector placed at the end of a river, creek or other water estuary. He stops there and waits for the garbage to flow to him. The device is powered sustainably and is designed for heavy storms. With a unique blend of solar and water power, Mr. Trash Wheel can pull hundreds of tons of garbage out of the water each year.
#9 Waterlily: ultimate electricity supplier
Waterlily from the Canadian manufacturer Seaformatics Systems Inc. is a turbine that can generate electricity from wind as well as hydropower. If you mount a crank, which is available as a gadget, it can also be operated with pure physical strength. An innovative product especially for outdoor enthusiasts who need environmentally friendly electricity everywhere. For example, Waterlily can charge the phone via a USB port and power 12V devices.
#10 Coal from a reliable source
The Company Nawasscoal produces charcoal and briquettes from human dung in Kenya. The process is environmentally friendly and the end product without any resemblance to the starting material. This opens up new resources that were previously unused and now provide valuable energy.
#11 Drinkable bag
The sack of Avani are compostable and harmless to humans and animals. As evidence, the inventor of the plastic alternative, Kevin Kumala, in a video drinks the liquid-dissolved material. The bioplastic consists of manioc starch. However, bioplastics are also under criticism, as the cultivation of vegetable raw materials requires many resources.
#12 Turbulent Hydro
After two years of development and construction, the team of Turbulent 2017 completed its first 15 kW low-pressure hydropower turbine. This is a scalable technology that can be installed on any type of waterfall, rapid or water control structure in rivers and canals and provides green power. By virtue of the fact that this turbine is based on the principle of a whirlpool, it is also fish-friendly, according to the manufacturer.
#13 Homemade biogas
Home biogas is an innovative system that produces clean cooking gas and a natural liquid fertilizer from animal manure and leftovers. Bacteria degrade organic waste in a naturally occurring process, and HomeBiogas stores and uses the energy generated. If you do not want or can not use manure, you can use a bacteria starter kit.
#14 Environmentally friendly water pump
20.000 to 80.000 liters of water can be the Barsha Pump The manufacturer aQysta per day in a distance of about 20 meters pump and thus provide water for agriculture and population, where it is a valuable asset. Because Barsha Pump does not need gas or electricity to do its job.
#15 Upcycling at it's best
The Australian company Shipping Container Pools makes old shipping containers generous and stylish pools. It sets an example for high quality upcycling. The advantages are obvious: resources are conserved and thus a step against climate change is done. Each container basin is supplied with an integrated staircase, a child safety door and a filter system. With regard to filters, it is possible to choose between the classical chlorine system, a saltwater variant or a specific mineral system.
#16 Waste cleaners for waters
Australians Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski have developed a bucket that floats just below the surface of the water and draws waste from the water by suction. The garbage is collected in the bucket in a net, while the water can drain through the net again. An oil filter is also integrated in the system. The Seabin Project could be funded by crowdfunding.
#17 Beer enjoyment for humans and animals
The packaging of the six packs of Saltwater Brewery consist of barley and wheat waste, which are produced anyway in the brewery. This allows the plastic rings to be replaced with an environmentally friendly option. This innovation is completely non-toxic and can even feed animals if it gets into the sea or the environment.
#18 Energy from the river for everyone
Yet another innovative turbine has been developed to save resources: Idénergie from Canada has invented a technology that can easily and transportably generate energy from any river. The installation of the flux turbine requires according to the manufacturer only three people with little or no experience. Cranes, river bed modifications or other expensive work are not necessary.
#19 Gadget for the plastic bottle
The Plastic bottle cutter is a gadget for do-it-yourselfers and hobbyists who want to give old plastic bottles a new meaning. With the device, each plastic bottle can be cut into thin threads. This, in turn, can be used to create new things - from a crocheted bag to a rope replacement, there are no limits to your imagination.
#20 Recycling plant for discarded tires
The recycling plant of the Russian company Alfa SPK gives old tires a new purpose. The plant not only shreds the material, it can also make crumb rubber, a type of rubber crumb, so to speak. This material can then be used, for example, to make soft floors, such as in playgrounds.
#21 PolyGlu makes water drinkable
polyGlu is a coagulant made from fermented soybeans and makes clean water from polluted water. The product can clean up to five liters of contaminated water with just one gram. The coagulant binds dirt particles and impurities. These sink to the ground and clean water remains on the surface.
#22 Cooking safely worldwide
BioLite develops possibilities to safely cook even when away from modern equipment. BioLite ovens combine wood gasifiers with thermoelectric generators that convert excess heat into electricity. Part of the electricity drives a fan, which injects air into the combustion boiler. As a result, the combustion proceeds almost without residue. With the remainder of the electricity, the oven charges your mobile phone, camera and Co. via USB.
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