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Ocean Cleanup Finally Picking Up Trash.

After several trails, Ocean Cleanup has finally successfully started to collect ocean waste. The Dutch company started out with media success, but one of their first prototypes came undone when to much waste collected.

As of Oct 2, 2019, the start-up company named Ocean Cleanup by Boyan Slat collected enough trash to be considered successful.

Slat jokingly asks, “anyone missing a wheel?” There are millions of wheels in the world that have been discarded. Plenty of which are in the ocean floating around.

As you can tell, there are tons of debris and trash in the ocean. The Ocean Cleanup project can collect several tons of this stuff at a time before being dumped. Their next goal is to add even more storage so the device named System 002 can be cleaned only twice a year.

Boyan started this project when he was only 18 years old. “Our team has remained steadfast in its determination to solve immense technical challenges to arrive at this point,” said Slat.

Determination and persistence really does get things done. Thank you Slat and the team at Ocean Cleanup for making devices that will keep our oceans clean.

If you’re looking forward to supporting a business cleaning up the oceans, 4Ocean is a company that uses recycled plastics from their cleanups to make bracelets. Each purchase helps pay to collect 1lb of plastic from the ocean.

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Source: Eco Watch.

Fungi Brick Grows Stronger Than Concrete.

By Eden Marie Truth Theory

This mycologist figured out how to make bricks made from growing fungi that are super-strong and water-, mold- and fire-resistant. 

To most people, mushrooms are a food source. To mycologist (mushroom scientist) Philip Ross,  fungi are much, much more. In fact, Ross is most passionate about mushrooms’ ability to be used for building materials and it is this is what he primarily focuses his attention on. Recently, the mycologists figured out how to make bricks from growing fungi that are super-strong and water-, mold- and fire-resistant.

Inhabitat reports that the 100% organic and compostable material is made from dried mycelium and then is grown and formed into just about any shape. It has a remarkable consistency that makes it stronger – pound for pound – than concrete. He recently patented his own version of the mycotecture procedure.

During an interview with Glasstire, Ross explained: 

“It has the potential to be a substitute for many petroleum-based plastics. It’s left the art world and seems to have entered a Science Fiction novel or something like that. With this stuff it’s possible to go into regional production of biomaterials. For instance, here in San Francisco, we could start producing lots of local materials using this fungus and could create a pilot project of sorts.”

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If furniture, bricks stronger than concrete and art can be created using mushrooms, what else might fungi be used for?

IMAGE CREDIT: Phil Ross and  The Workshop Residence.

Source: Truth Theory.

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Poland’s Glow-In-The-Dark Bicycle Path.

Imagine rolling down a bright blue glow-in-the-dark path at night that is charged by the sun during the day. The material charge lasts 10 hours, more than enough time to last throughout the night.

The project is small but the impact is reaching millions. Not having to pay for energy after installing this roadway that lights the way is so valuable.

If you like one time investments, this is a good one, besides maintenance of course.

Glow-in-the-dark roads are appealing to me to see long blue glowing strips down roads from space our just your bedroom window. Besides seeing them, you can ride down them for a leisurely stroll in your neighborhood.

I believe the project will be picked up by thousands of builders including myself, worldwide. Anywhere you go, you can expect to see one of these is some form of glow in the dark shape. Similar to the reflective markers on roadways that show you where the lanes are at night.

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The future is here, the future is now. Simple things can make our environment look gorgeous and ready for a new age of technology and methods of using resources.

Thank you for making the future with all of us.

Source: The Info.

Scotland to have 100% Renewable Energy.

By 2020’s Climate Summit hosted by Scottland, the country will be 100% renewable.

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This goal sets an example for the world, those becoming renewable. Together we get to build a whole reality that makes a new way to see everything. Trees are being planted by the millions everywhere.

The summit starts Nov 9., that gives Scottland around 8 months to be 100% renewable, and they are well on their way. Every day, all around the world, we as humans are helping reach these goals.

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Renewable energy consists of energy that is obtainable over and over with little to no maintenance. Such as solar or wind energy. These methods are mined once and can last as long as they exist in good working order. Materials need to be mined for repair. That is the only part that needs mining.

Coal is constantly mined for energy. Scottland closed its last coal plant back in 2016. The resource coal helps people in mines catch lung problems and cancers. Though people are paying their homes with coal mines, there is a lot of other methods of making money and energy. Together we get to find new jobs and methods of getting the energy that we need without so much mining.

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Source: Renew Economy.

Filipino Company Make Cups With Pineapple.

Pinyaple, a Filipino company, figured out how to make cups and bags out of pineapple leaves.

Fully compostable, these cups & bags change the game for single-use items. Paper cups, many times, use plastic on the inside to keep the hot liquids from seeping through the container.

A cup that can be composted and still hold hot liquids is a product the eco-friendly community has been waiting for! No trees are cut in the process of these cups & they use less agriculture waste.

Pineapples are already cut for prepackaged pineapple shipped around the world. Once this process is finished we are left with the agricultural waste of the tops. These cups by Pinyaple use the top of the pineapple to make the entire cup.

Drink your coffee and throw your cup in the long term compost bin! Nothing can get easier than that.

Apparently you can regrow pineapple from the top as well. That may be the only downside to this. More pineapples would have to be grown from seed, rather than propagated from the leafy top.

Though these aren’t for sale in the United States, you can support them by talking about this innovative project. Share this link or discuss it with a friend. The point is, the world is changing, and we are figuring out how to make anything out of anything.

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Levi’s New Hemp Fabric Feels Like Cotton.

Big brand Levi partners up with Outerknown to make a hemp fabric that feels like cotton, plus uses fewer chemicals than normal cotton.

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The process also uses less water than conventional cotton. Half the water that is taken to make cotton is used to grow the hemp. Their cottonized hemp fabric also uses fewer pesticides because animals seem to not destroy the plants.

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Levi and Outerknown have invested time and money into creating something new that will impact the world like crazy. In comparison to the world, we live in now, creating a product out of hemp is like having an atomizer. An Atomizer is a device that can create anything out of pure atoms. Basically it is like an epic 3D printer. The point is, hemp can create so many things and can grow like crazy. With hemp, you can practically have resources forever, just like an atomizer.

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Being able to turn a material into, or what feels like, another material is powerful alchemy. Just as now we can get oil and gas from plants, we can make many materials into what feels like other materials.

As humans, we have turned plastic into a fabric called polyester & now we have turned hemp into a fabric that feels like cotton. Personally, I can say humans have done some pretty cool things.

We can grow buildings & live on mars but these are things we have yet to do. So as humans, let’s grow and make so many new things.

Source: Levis

Japanese Village Plants Colored Rice To Make Pictures.

Village of Inakadate, Japan sure is setting big pictures in their town by planting colored rice to make portraits.

Details have increased over the years. Starting from growing the town’s name to now growing detailed battlefields.

The detail of each photo is incredible, coming from that they are from different strains of colored rice. Pictures you can eat after cultivation. At least I hope you can eat it.

Eating this depicting scene of a warrior fighting a dragon sounds like a good idea, but I’m not sure if they use inedible pesticides to keep the pictures vital and vibrant.

Art makes me want to grow my own rice. How much space do you use to grow enough for a family of 8? Our dogs, cats, tortoise, and ourselves. Probably this whole painting for an entire year.

I’m looking forward to providing my family and myself food, but not ending there. Extending the food we are able to make for ourselves to grocery stores and more. Farms for the United States, UI, and Worldwide are goals that I and the team I don’t have yet are determined to make :D.

Sources: My Modern Met, Colossal, Great Big Story

Ireland to plant 440 Million trees.

22 million trees each year for 20 years is a big goal, but Ireland is determined to make it happen.

Prime minister of Ireland posted on twitter, “We want many more trees in Ireland, as part of our plan on climate action. 440 million is a huge number but it’s achievable if all landowners plant just some of their land,”.

As a unit, we are able to do incredible things. With a person, you can plant one tree a day, 365 a year, but with 2 people you can plant 730 a year. Try 100 people, 36,500 trees a year. That is only with one hundred people.. Ireland has 6.1 million citizens. If we used this arbitrary number of 1 tree a day per person, Ireland would plant 2.2 billion trees in one year.

Though the possibility of planting one tree per day is ridiculous, this ideology shows that anything is possible.

Personally we are excited that people all around the world are planting trees. New Zeland, African Countries, Chinese billionaire buying a whole forest in America to keep it natural and so much more.

Thank you planet and it citizens for wanting to help the world live longer and breathe better air.

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China plans to ban all single-use plastics by 2020

Starting off the year strong, China plans to remove all non-biodegradable bags in its major cities by the end of 2020. They state by 2022 all cities and towns will be using biodegradable bags.

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That is not the only thing China has on its mind, by the end of 2020 China also plans to remove all single-use plastic straws inside the restaurant industry.

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Being the number 1 ranked population-dense country in the world has its fair share of waste. Not only is China the most populated country, but they are also the world’s manufacturers. Which means China has plenty of product waste.

How is China dealing with this problem besides removing non-biodegradable plastic bags and straws?

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Dealing with garbage is changing our world. People recently have invented ways to get rid of garbage altogether. They are turning trash into gasoline or even powering a town by burning garbage!

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China, however, is doing other things. One is telling hotels to stop using single-use plastics items. The hotels are given until 2025. Okay, so besides the information stated above, China isn’t really doing anything. Starting is always better than never.

So here is to a good start! Banning single-use nonbiodegradable bags in major cities by 2020! China, thank you, for putting a national cease to the use of dangerous everyday plastics.

If you didn’t know why they are dangerous, just look at these photos.

Source: No Platic Oceans
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Igloo Creates a Biodegradable Cooler.

Famous cooler company Igloo designed a cooler completely made out of biodegradable material. Called the Recool, this cooler begins to decompose within 3 months. A lot shorter time frame than styrofoam: 500,000 years. That is just an average.

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Money flows whether we care about the environment or not. Who knows where all the styrofoam containers are around the world being disposed of. Maybe they are in the ocean floating or on a beach baking.

The environmental conditions of the styrofoam change how long it takes to biodegrade. More sun with a little water causes it to break down faster, while more water and less sun cause it to stay formed. Either way, it’s far cheaper to know where it is than have to find it later.

photo credit: Igloo/photographer Morgan Rindengan

Recool by Igloo makes that possible. You decided where you dump it. If you want it will be in the backyard. Your Recool purchase would be feeding your environment rather than killing species with styrofoam. Teams will have fewer days of working on the oceans to keep it clean & can focus on other jobs and tasks that the employees care about. Money is saved and used towards other things, some as small as providing nutrients to your garden.

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Biodegradable materials have a shorter shelf life than hard plastics so the reuse on this is not the same as a regular Igloo. If you want to care for your Igloo, keep this purchase for practically ever, buy a regular Igloo. All of their products are reusable, besides their Recool decomposable coolers. You can use the Recool for a while. Air-dry and make sure not to leave water in for more than five days. After 5 days the water retention might break so air drying most likely won’t make it waterproof anymore.

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