Nest is partnering with the world’s most promising artisans to build sustainable businesses within the competitive landscape of today’s global economy. Leveraging craft development as a tool for positive social change, Nest is helping artisans transform their communities through the alleviation of poverty, empowerment of women and promotion of cultural preservation.
Ananas Anam has developed an innovative, natural and sustainable non-woven textile called Piñatex™.
Piñatex™ is produced from the fibers of pineapple leaves which are a by-product of the pineapple harvest. Piñatex™ involves a patented technology that protects both the process and the finished material. While the initial development work leading to Piñatex™ originated in the Philippines, significant research & development is now being undertaken between the UK and Spain. This is specifically to enhance the finishing technology. Piñatex can be used as a leather alternative or textile in the fashion, accessory and upholstery markets.
San Francisco-based Bitty Foods makes gluten-free, high-protein cookies and muffins from delicate, nutty-flavored cricket flour. Edible insects are a sustainable source of protein, healthy fats and micronutrients identified by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization as a potential key to stabilizing the global food supply. Our mission is to help popularize edible insects in the Western diet by incorporating them into delectable, healthy treats.
n’klôwô is a brand of 100% cotton bedding and household linen hand made in the Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso and under fair working conditions. Our original line of products are made from premium cotton and created by using a manual dyeing and dressmaking process, making each final product a unique piece. n’klôwô is a fair trade cooperative that prioritizes the person and the work over maximizing profit.
Threads of Life is a fair trade business that works with culture and conservation to alleviate poverty in rural indonesia. The heirloom-quality textiles and baskets we commission are made with local materials and natural dyes to an exquisite standard usually seen only in museums.
Bionic® transforms fibers made from recycled plastic into durable textiles. We believe all of the resources we consume on Earth should have a positive impact on society and our natural environment. Using innovative technologies to turn products we discard into innovative raw materials that we can be proud to use in our everyday lives. We make high performance yarns and fabrics for all walks of life.
This innovation of edible cutlery was drawn from the following concerns:
1. Depletion of groundwater can be arrested by creating markets for less irrigation demanding crops such as jowar (sorghum). The edible cutlery is made from flours of this crop.
2. Demand for power from the agriculture sector does not commensurate its contribution to the GDP and on the contrary is creating pressures on other sectors, notably on the manufacturing sector. This is largely because of the faulty crop choices. This initiative could help in triggering the right crop mix (even districts with scanty rainfall are registering increasing trends in water guzzling rice crop).
3. The demand for plastic cutlery is increasing over the days. Plastic, a petroleum by-product is more harmful to human body because of the presence of several toxins and carcinogens. Its application as food consumption utensil enhances the chances of these chemicals to get into the human system.
We know packaging can be green, convenient and effective. Mountains of recyclable materials can be put to good (re)use. Plastic and virgin materials can be minimized. Are you ready to choose packaging the earth can live with?
Teijin's chemical recycling technology, a first of its kind in the world, makes it possible to refine old polyester into new polyester raw material equivalent to that made from petroleum. For example, an old and worn out polyester fleece and coat can be recycled into a new fleece and coat over and over again. Moreover, this technology reduces both energy consumption and CO2 emissions drastically when compared to using oil to make new polyester raw materials.
By virtue of unique and patented product engineering, Lyf eliminates the ovens, adhesives and massive labor requirements typical of the industry. The shoes are assembled on demand—ideal for intimately meeting consumer needs with the lowest carbon footprint possible. By leveraging a decentralized manufacturing model, Lyf removes the barriers of entry and paves the way for microenterprise development across the world: as a way to incorporate indigenous textiles in rural villages to offering custom prints to being a gateway to digital manufacturing.
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