Inhabitat features a brilliant way of using waste plastics polluting the worlds oceans, called RePlast. Developed by the US-based ByFusion, the approach compresses mixed plastics from the seas and turns it into construction blocks. As well as cleaning the oceans, the approach doesn’t require splitting the plastics into different types and generates c. 95% less greenhouse gases than concrete blocks.
Inhabitat features a sturdy flat-pack stool made from 100% recyclable cardboard.
Inhabitat reports that IKEA is launching a small range of products that are made from recycled plastics and recycled or sustainable wood, including chairs, cabinets and vases.
Image credit: Kristine Lofgren / Inhabitat / IKEA
FastCoExist reports that Levi’s, in collaboration with Evrnu, has trialled a new technique for recycling old cotton clothing for use in new Jeans. The approach could reduce the impact of jeans production, by using less water, whilst also creating a stronger & more durable end product.
PSFK highlights a Kickstarter project for sportswear made from sustainable and recycled materials. From the article:
The material “is a blend of fibers from the eucalyptus plant, used water bottles and Tencel, a sustainable fiber from wood. The water bottles are rerouted from landfills into factories which clean them and remold them into polyester yarns. About 10 water bottles goes into the production of one Pistol Lake long-sleeved shirt.”
Levi’s is making a new line of jeans from recycled fishing nets and carpets, utilising a nylon fiber made by the Italian company Aquafil.
Inhabitat reports that Energizer has launched the first rechargeable batteries made from recycled batteries, including those from hybrid cars and small electronic devices. Energizer aims to include 40% recycled material in it’s batteries by 2025, although for now it’s only around 4%. But it is a start.
Inhabitat highlights a novel approach to reducing waste from music festivals, where many people discard tents after just a few days of use. A Dutch team has developed the KarTent which is able to withstand 3 days of rain – although it’s not clear if that’s 3 days of Glastonbury rain.
Although targeted at students and Airbnb hosts (and requiring a lot of water to produce), hopefully there may be uses for similar blankets and bedding in homeless shelters or post-disaster and humanitarian relief work.