In 2018, Virgin Atlantic announced the first use of food waste as jet fuel, by successfully completing the first transatlantic flight from Florida to London using a mixture of regular jet fuel and fuel made from discarded food. At the time, the mixture was only 5% ethanol food waste to 95% normal jet fuel, but […]

Dekonstruktive Mjøstårnet 02-07-19.jpg by Øyvind Holmstad; licensed with CC BY-SA 4.0

The world’s tallest building made from wood is called Mjøstårnet and is located in the Norwegian town of Brumunddal. Built in 2019 and measuring 85.4 meters tall, it dominates neighboring Mjøsa lake, more than 100 kilometers north of Oslo. It is a mixed use building containing apartments, offices and a hotel (with the apt name […]

Courtesy of the World Economic Forum, this short video on reducing poaching in Africa using electric bikes is good news:    Featured image: Adult elephant in Kenya (safaritravelplus, CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication)

The “share of renewables in the energy sector has doubled every 5.5 years since 2007. If this continues, fossil fuels will be a thing of the past well before 2050.” That’s according to the World Economic Forum in its 2017 video “Global warming can be beaten”. The message in that short film is also that […]

A glaciologist with the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland in 2009 began advocating for covering parts of the Greenland ice sheet with reflective material. In Germany and Italy, among other areas, this approach has already met with some success. And in Switzerland, since 2010 people have spent their summers wrapping the Rhône Glacier in […]

Forward thinking companies have been designing and developing smart textiles and clothing in holistic ways to change the current fashion system, while ensuring ethical and sustainable practices. Considering the fact that the sun makes life and the elements on our planet possible, in the pursuit of green energy generated from natural resources like the sun, […]

Marie Griesmar and Ulrike Pfreundt are printing 3D Lego-like clay bricks to help rebuild and regenerate the world’s coral reefs. On their website they state that, “Our innovative, modular structures are designed to restore and promote reef life and serve as coastal protection barriers.” Founded in 2020, RRReefs (rrreefs.com) was the inspiration of these two […]

Gjenge Makers

Nzambi Matee founded Gjenge Makers in Nairobi, Kenya in 2018, initially to sort and sell plastic waste to other recycling companies. Matee quickly realized that, because her enterprise was collecting waste faster than the recycling companies could use it, she needed to change business models, and fast. She pivoted directly to creating value-added products using […]

Portland, Oregon, on the West Coast of the United States, is powering its electricity grid using … drinking water. Yes, you read that right. The city’s main energy company, Portland General Electric, is partnering with Lucid Energy to generate electricity from the water flowing under its streets and through its pipes. How so? By integrating […]

Scientists are cloning antibodies taken from coronavirus patients who have recovered from the disease in an attempt to develop a treatment for the virus. The “monoclonal antibodies,” made from identical immune cells, could “provide an instant immunity boost against the virus,” according to an article published in Science. They could both “prevent and treat the […]