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'Humane' fishing net wins Dyson award

'Humane' fishing net wins Dyson award | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
Dan Watson has devised a system based on a series of escape rings for fish, which can be fitted to a fisherman's trawler net (RT @whitetoothshrew: Brilliantly simple design that will hopefully produce a more sustainable fishing industry:
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The Genesis Engine

The Genesis Engine | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
Editing DNA is now cut-and-paste. We could eliminate disease, cure hunger—or break the world.
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Beautiful, thought-provoking, and very troubling.


Author Amy Maxman concludes:

"In an odd reversal, it’s the scientists who are showing more fear than the civilians. When I ask Church for his most nightmarish Crispr scenario, he mutters something about weapons and then stops short. He says he hopes to take the specifics of the idea, whatever it is, to his grave. But thousands of other scientists are working on Crispr. Not all of them will be as cautious. “You can’t stop science from progressing,” Jinek says. “Science is what it is.” He’s right. Science gives people power. And power is unpredictable. " 


This is one great weekend read. ~ sdc

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These Infinitely Recyclable Clothes Are Made From Ocean Trash And Other Plastic Waste

These Infinitely Recyclable Clothes Are Made From Ocean Trash And Other Plastic Waste | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

World surf champion Kelly Slater is doing something with all the trash in the ocean - he's wearing it.

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Wow. Click though to read more about Slater's brainchild "Evolution Series by Outerknown' made from recycling fishing nets, carpet yarn, and other nylon waste. We've been waiting a long time for this cycle to come full circle!

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How one company is turning ocean pollution into wearable fashion

How one company is turning ocean pollution into wearable fashion | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

"It's a hypothesis made by Boris Worm of Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, and a team of other marine conservation biologists, who believe the effects of rapidly spreading pollution from humans and unsustainable fishing will have an increasingly devastating impact on the environment.

But Cyrill Gutsch, founder of Parley for the Oceans, a forum that partners with brands to stop the destruction of nature by creating more environmentally sound practices, thinks it's coming sooner than that.


"That [prediction] was nine years ago," he explains to Mashable. "Today I would say that is way too optimistic."

Gutsch, who founded Parley for the Oceans in June 2012 after realizing how dire the ocean's needs are, says that plastic is having a profoundly destructive effect. A comprehensive February 2015 report published in the journal Science found that we dump approximately 19 billion pounds of plastic into the oceans every year.

Plastic doesn't oxidize or biodegrade, unlike paper, metal, glass or wood, making it especially harmful to marine life.

That's why he's partnered with Bionic Yarn, a company that produces high-performance yarn and fabric from the plastic Parley for the Oceans retrieves.

"There is more plastic in our oceans than plankton and more plastic particles than fish eggs in our lakes and rivers," Gutsch says. " 

We are destroying the most important life support system of our planet.

We are destroying the most important life support system of our planet. And if we succeed doing this, we will not be able to live on this Earth."


Bionic Yarn, which boasts musician and record producerPharrell Williams as creative director and an investor, takes plastic and infuses it into various fabrics to create real fashions. The process includes creating small fibers from plastic waste, then binding it onto fabrics such as yarn, lycra, cotton and polyester, which make up the majority of clothing. (more)





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This story needs to be shared widely - it is innovation at it's best. I've scooped more than my fair share of Mashable's article here. Will you help me spread the fascinating possibilities? 53 tons of ocean plastic debris collected in 18 months. Let's spread the innovations faster than the pollution!

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Why an iron fish can make you stronger - BBC News

Why an iron fish can make you stronger - BBC News | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
Could an iron fish, made out of recycled car parts and put into the cooking pot, be a solution to the world's iron deficiency problems?
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Astonishing. Available now from a buy-1-give-1 program #B1G1  http://www.luckyironfish.com/. Lots more information available there. $1 Million in funding to date.

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Richard van der Laken on social issues and design

Richard van der Laken on social issues and design | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

"...our society is in the grip of a technological revolution, giving us new tools and making it easier for us to work globally and with fewer physical resources. We are also more connected and aware as a result of our increasing access to information. Since the 2008 crisis, a lot of people feel that words like "social", "humanity" and "engagement" no longer concern just a few international relief agencies. They concern all of us. The refugee problem is too large and too urgent to leave to politicians."


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"Design has a crucial role as a force for change, and change is badly needed right now" - an important opinion piece from Richard van der Laken, founder of What Design Can Do. Glad to see this coming from the field.

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A Degrowth Response to an Ecomodernist Manifesto

A Degrowth Response to an Ecomodernist Manifesto | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
From a degrowth perspective, technology is not viewed as a magical savior since many technologies actually accelerate environmental decline.
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This is a critically important article for anyone sorting through design and sustainability issues to save the planet.

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Fashion Revolution Day prompts the question: #whomademyclothes?

Fashion Revolution Day prompts the question: #whomademyclothes? | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
Fashion Revolution Day asks consumers to question their favorite brands over where and how their apparel has been produced.


Friday marks the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, that killed 1,133 people and injured more than 2,500. It was this tragic event that caused two women in the UK to take action.


“We knew a disaster like this was going to happen,” Orsola de Castro, cofounder of Fashion Revolution Day, tells Mashable. “There were workers complaining about the infrastructure for months but were threatened with being fired if they did not show up to work. 

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I worked in a wearable art store on clothing-conscious Capitol Hill in DC. If something was inexpensive and not made in America, it went to the back room. If it was made in the US, it wasn't inexpensive. People asked #WhoMadeMyClothes? When they saw the price tag for fair-trade clothing, they usually hung it back up and walked away.


This is the full story, as it has evolved over the past two years. Well worth a read and a pause.


(The shop is no longer in business.)

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Sustainably feeding cities with aquaponics | Environment

Sustainably feeding cities with aquaponics | Environment | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
The first commercial aquaponics farm offering fish and vegetables has opened its doors in Berlin. The small farm could be part of a bigger picture, as the world looks for sustainable ways to feed the world.
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Aquaponics is finally scaling up to a truly viable level. Kudos Berlin!

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This Drone Startup Has An Ambitious (Crazy) Plan To Plant 1 Billion Trees A Year

This Drone Startup Has An Ambitious (Crazy) Plan To Plant 1 Billion Trees A Year | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

"The world burns or cuts down about 26 billion trees a year. It replants about 15 billion. You can see the shortfall. At the moment, we're not planting trees quickly enough to combat deforestation—a problem with big implications for climate change.


"That's why Lauren Fletcher wants to automate the process with drone technology. His startup, BioCarbon Engineering, plans to seed up to 1 billion trees a year, all without ever setting foot on the ground.... (more)

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What a great use of technology!

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The Ocean Cleanup aims to strip plastic from the sea

The Ocean Cleanup aims to strip plastic from the sea | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

"A 100-kilometre array of floating barriers designed by a 20-year-old inventor aims to clear the oceans of waste plastic, and is one of the projects shortlisted for this year's Designs of the Year award (+ slideshow).


"Dutch engineering student Boyan Slat created The Ocean Cleanup concept with the aim of clearing the oceans of their plastic gyres – floating islands made of millions of pieces of waste that accumulate where currents converge. (more)

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Daniel Libeskind’s funky metallic apartments will purify the Berlin air

Daniel Libeskind’s funky metallic apartments will purify the Berlin air | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
Architect Daniel Libeskind has just unveiled his designs for Chausseestrasse 43, a modern, metallic-coated apartment complex located in the heart of Berlin.
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Forget foam — now we can grow better takeout containers

Forget foam — now we can grow better takeout containers | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
We live in a material world, people — synthetic material, that is, with all the attendant mess that makes. But how can a society addicted to Ziploc baggies, Styrofoam coffee cups, and cheap building materials do without?

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This 14-year-old will fix the planet before she graduates

This 14-year-old will fix the planet before she graduates | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

Maya Penn is an eco-fashion designer, children’s book author, artist, animator, coder, public speaker, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and environmentalist..

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Pure Inspiration!

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Could a Common Plant Be the Future of Renewable Energy?

Could a Common Plant Be the Future of Renewable Energy? | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
A new design exhibit showcases the illuminating power of algae as biofuel.

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Teenagers create $13 door handle that kills 99.8% of germs on contact

Teenagers create $13 door handle that kills 99.8% of germs on contact | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
Two boys from a secondary school in China have designed a door handle that kills 99.8% of all germs on contact. And it costs just $13.
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Turns out, titanium dioxide, when exposed to LED light, kills almost all bacteria. Voilå! A door handle developed by two teens has both components and is so inexpensive we're likely to soon see them everywhere. A wonderful application of #innovation in #science!

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10 Quirky Ideas For More Sustainable Cities

10 Quirky Ideas For More Sustainable Cities | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

"City living has many upsides, but a sustainable lifestyle is increasingly not among them. Pollution, traffic and loss of green spaces are just some of the daily trials that city-dwellers have to deal with.


"Step forward the inventors. We consider 10 of the wackier solutions to making our cities more liveable.

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Wacky as they may be, they are the cutting edge for innovation in design in densely populated areas.

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Ikea's refugee housing: "an unusually sensitive response" #design

Ikea's refugee housing: "an unusually sensitive response" #design | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
Ikea's flat-pack refugee shelters have now been tested in Ethiopia and Iraq.
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From the archives. Good slideshow for those who missed it.

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Look to the Peace Corps for the Next Great Food Idea

Look to the Peace Corps for the Next Great Food Idea | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
The Peace Corps provides near-perfect conditions for the discovery of exotic foods with a social purpose.
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21 Technologies That Are Decentralizing The Economy And Bringing Real Power Back To The People: #Grassroots #Sustainability

21 Technologies That Are Decentralizing The Economy And Bringing Real Power Back To The People: #Grassroots #Sustainability | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

The world is becoming more centralized, increasingly focused on economies of scale and transferring wealth to a tiny elite at the top of the financial system. Yet, at the same time there is another movement that is actively working to decentralize the world.

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This post by Dan West identifies real tools that make grassroots sustainability possible to real people. Refreshing, simple, comprehensive.

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Innovative Sustainability: Matchbox Elementary School Sports Hall

Innovative Sustainability: Matchbox Elementary School Sports Hall | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

The Obrenovac First Elementary School is the first established school in Belgrade, almost 200 years old. During the two centuries pupils of this school had no adequate indoor space for physical education and sports activities. 

From the very beginning the idea was to design low budget, energy efficient and sustainable building with no unnecessary details.

As Obrenovac Municipality is close to the river Sava banks, it is under the influence of the underground water. This was the crucial technical problem which had to be resolved from the first preliminary design phase. Through design process, the solution for these challenges has been successfully found by designing the waterproof concrete hull, 5 meters deep in the ground, just few centimeters over the highest underground water level. This concept provided some kind of waterproof box, as boat sink, for all premises inside.


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From the very beginning the idea was to design low budget, energy efficient and sustainable building with no unnecessary details.

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This Natural Pool Cleans Itself With Plants, Not Chlorine

This Natural Pool Cleans Itself With Plants, Not Chlorine | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

"Most swimming pools are doused in chlorine as a disinfectant, despite the fact that the chemical can react with other things commonly found in pools—like pee and skin cells—to create byproducts linked to asthma and cancer. A new temporary pool in London takes a different approach by cleaning the water with plants instead.

"In a "regeneration zone," plants like pondweed and water lily absorb nitrates and ammonium and release oxygen, while microorganisms reduce algae and germs. Another section of the pool uses a gravel bed to host another layer of microorganisms for more cleaning. Throughout the day, pumps push the water from the swimming area through the filters."


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Innovation Excellence | Design Your Own Drone, Robot or Machine for Good Competition

Innovation Excellence | Design Your Own Drone, Robot or Machine for Good Competition | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
ALL FOR ENTRIES: We are seeking design IDEAS that are socially, ecologically and technologically relevant to humanitarian causes. The competition will be held April 23 at the Anti-Summit-beta at the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, with 50K in prizes awarded. Apply by April 6th.
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The Science Barge

The Science Barge | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

Creating a public focal point for Miami’s climate issues with the Science Barge, a floating, urban sustainable farm and environmental education center powered by renewable energy."

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Funded! Click through to see other innovative projects.

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Plastic Eating Mushrooms Turn Trash Into Food - Design Milk

Plastic Eating Mushrooms Turn Trash Into Food - Design Milk | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
The discovery specific fungi are capable of eating up some of the most toxic of materials is spurring on research into fungi as an answer for our global waste problem connected to our addiction to disposable, cheap plastics goods. Fungi may also become the foundation of a new chain of food supply if this intriguing growing system can move beyond the prototype phase and eventually help grace our plates with the “fruits” of its terrarium growing labor.
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Need a home? Now you can 3D print one—out of mud

Need a home? Now you can 3D print one—out of mud | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

Inspired by the mud dauber, a little wasp that builds its home with mud, Massimo Moretti developed a way to create mud houses using 3D printing technology. Traditionally, earthen houses are formed by hand in a laborious, tedious process. But with a 3D mud printer, a house can be made in a couple of weeks. His organization, World’s Advanced Saving Project (WASP), is dedicated to making housing affordable, particularly in places where the most abundant resource may be earth.

Read more: Wasp-inspired 3D printer can build homes out of mud | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building 

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