The earth has music for those who listen – Shakespeare
The earth is the ultimate source of existence for all life, irrespective of differences. Sadly, today the planet is fighting for its own life- the consequences of our years of thirst for bigger and better. Mankind’s progress has taken away the earth’s timeless beauty. Lost in our mounting greed, we have forgotten that this is the one and only home we have; we have no other choice.
While we are raising our voices to demand climate justice for the planet, some are actually fulfilling their responsibilities. We looked at some of the amazing green tech inventions and sustainability innovations that are helping to save the planet earth.
HomeBiogas backyard– the super effective method producing clean energy from food waste
An appliance that eats food scraps, green waste and animal manure and turns it into usable biogas and nutrient-rich fertilizer. The appliance can curb up to six litres of food waste (from fruits, veggies, meats to dairy products) per day. The bacteria digest the waste by breaking it down and this gives three hours of biogas fuel- enough for an average-sized family.
HomeBiogas backyard is an updated and small version of the old-time large biogas plants.
With an approach to protect the existing green cover of the earth and its old forests, Seedballs have come up as one of the much-required solutions. Seedballs are a ball made of charcoal dust mixed with nutrients which help to protect it from wildlife and the climate and when rain hits, it grows. They can be ‘sown’ through the method of aerial seeding i.e., throwing from the air.
Indonesian entrepreneur Kevin Kumala and his partner has been successful in creating plastic from cassava, a cheap and common vegetable found across Indonesia. His startup, named Avani Eco was launched in 2014 and has been producing tons of cassava-plastic products each day.
Graphene sieve making seawater drinkable
Researchers in the UK have developed a sieve made out of graphene, capable of filtering out salt using less energy. It’s a commendable step towards providing safe, clean, drinkable water to many water-deprived countries.
Ooho plastic-less water bottles or Edible Water Bottles
Skipping Rocks Lab is working in the direction of decaying the era of plastic bottles. The London-based tech startup has created Ooho, a water bottle from seaweed. Apart from being biodegradable and 100% edible, Ooho is cheaper to produce than plastic bottles. Because the skin is 100% compostable, it does not have to be eaten, though many people eat it for the “experience.” Pierre Paslier, the co-founder of Skipping Rocks Lab, says of the packaging, “You’re not expected to eat the peel of your orange or banana. We are trying to follow the example set by nature for our packaging.
The Ocean Cleanup
Researchers have found out that the world’s oceans are on pace to contain as much plastic as fish by 2050, largely due to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. And that’s where the Ocean Cleanup came to the limelight. A 62-mile underwater, V-shaped barrier to trap plastic trash, is the brainchild of 23-year-old genius, Boyan Slat, who is also the founder of The Ocean Cleanup Foundation.
Epson PaperLab is a largescale machine which is a combination of a shredder and paper-making machine which may enable big corporate spaces to directly recycle and upcycle paper in their own office spaces.
When a company dumps its waste paper into the machine, it tears the paper apart and shoots the stack with a jet stream of air to remove ink from the shredded bits. Then, the liquid binders are added to reassemble the fibres into recycled sheets. The final stage of the process includes a high-pressured process that can then perform custom size, thickness, and colour alterations to any individual sheet of paper. Nine feet by for feet in measurement, the machine can produce 14 sheets of paper every minute. That’s over 6,700 sheets during the 8-hour workday!
Nebia Shower System
Showers waste an astounding amount of water—up to 20 gallons of water per 8-minute shower. The Nebia shower system has stepped up to reduce their product’s water consumption by 70% without affecting “the shower experience.” Leveraging the same technologies used by engineers for rocket engines and medical devices, the Nebia converts the water stream into tiny droplets, allowing 10 times the surface area to be covered with only a little quantity of water.