Filtration Skyscrapers in the oceans could “solve environmental and energy problems” around the world

Architectural designer and visualiser Honglin Li has proposed deploying floating high-rise waste-to-energy plants fuelled by plastic waste to clean up the oceans while generating electricity. The sci-fi proposal, called Filtration Skyscraper, imagines placing unmanned towers on abandoned oil rigs in parts of the oceans where plastic waste accumulates. Sophisticated machinery in the conceptual towers would […]

Bottle recycling scheme in Rome exchanges plastic waste for metro rides

Rome is trialling a scheme where people can recycle plastic bottles in return for free rides on the city’s public transport system. Called + Ricicli + Viaggi, or + Recycle + Travel, the recycling scheme accepts PET plastic bottles which are collected and sent for processing. Machines at three metro stations in the city exchange […]

Jamie Pybus designs Fungi Factory kit for growing mushrooms in coffee grounds

Northumbia university graduate Jamie Pybus has devised a household system for cultivating edible mushrooms using leftover coffee grounds as a growing medium. Called Fungi Factory, the kit provides a use for the increasing number of coffee grounds that are currently discarded by UK households. Fungi Factory comprises four elements, including a storage container for coffee […]

Danielle Coffey’s Sápu device turns household fats into soap

Northumbria University graduate Danielle Coffey has designed a device that transforms oils and fats leftover from cooking into soap, to prevent them from polluting household water systems. Sápu, which is Icelandic for “soap”, is a kitchen product that aims to encourage homeowners to collect and repurpose their own fat, oil and grease (FOG) waste from […]

Ghostly Ocean Debris is an accessories collection made from discarded refugee life vests

Northumbria graduate Harry Jones has produced a collection of clothing and lifestyle accessories using the life jackets left on European beaches during the refugee crisis. The collection, titled Ghostly Ocean Debris, uses the discarded bright yellow jackets as the raw material to produce items such as flip-flops, placemats, and satchels. Rather than going to landfill, […]

Olympic committee unveils 2020 medals made from recycled smartphones

Reflective, ribbon-like rings form a border around the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic medals by Junichi Kawanishi, which are made from old electronic devices donated by the public. With one year to go until the 2020 Olympics begin, the organising committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has unveiled the designs for the winning athletes’ […]

Adidas unveils fully recyclable Futurecraft Loop sneaker

Adidas has launched a sneaker made from virgin plastic that can be ground up and remade again, as part of the company’s bid to mitigate the plastic crisis. The Futurecraft Loop shoe was launched 17 April by Adidas as a first step for the brand to help “get off plastic waste”. The aim was to […]

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