Researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne have created a revolutionary new solar paint that can be used to produce endless amounts of clean energy. The innovative paint draws moisture from the air and splits it into oxygen and hydrogen. As a result, hydrogen can be captured as a clean fuel source.
Inhabitat features a concept modular and moveable building – called Mashambas – that could be used to increase farming productivity and reduce poverty in developing nations, such as those in sub-Saharan Africa where around 40% of the population are subsistence farmers.
Combining growing space, tools, education and a marketplace, the Mashambas is put in place for as long as needed – i.e. when the local community is thriving and self sustaining – before being disassembled and moved to another community.
Inhabitat highlights the use of shipping containers for growing food in the arctic town of Kotzebue, Alaska. With the local environment making traditional farming impossible, locals have turned to hydroponics which helps to reduce the cost of fresh produce – which has to be imported – and the accompanying carbon footprint.
Inhabitat features the WaterSeer – an in-development device that draws water from cooled air through condensation. From the article:
The Water Seer device is planted six or more feet into the ground, and soil is then packed around its metal neck. The top of the Water Seer holds a vertical wind turbine, which spins internal fan blades to draw air into the subterranean chamber. Because the underground chamber portion of the Water Seer is cooled by the surrounding earth, water condenses in the reservoir to creates sort of an artificial well, from which people can draw clean, safe drinking water around the clock.
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.”
BuyMeOnce is a new shopping site for a range of product categories from clothing and shoes to furniture, kitchenware and tools, that can save people money in the long-term and reduce waste and landfill.
The idea behind the site is to reduce production and waste from cheap and short-term products and instead provide long-lasting, well-made products that are also ethical, repairable and sustainable.
Grist highlights an innovate and elegant device that provides clean and warm water to families in developing countries . The Solvatten – a durable 10 litre container expected to last 7 to 10 years of daily use – uses UV rays and heat from the sun to remove impurities and bacteria to leave clean and warm water for cooking, cleaning, basic hygeine and bathing.
FastCoExist features a ‘pop-up’ farm designed for unused urban land; The Impact Farm. Conceived a as temporary or moveable structure, the two-story unit is self-sufficient by utilizing sunlight for power and capturing rainwater.