The property industry is accountable for 30% of carbon dioxide emissions and 45% of raw material consumption worldwide - but plyscrapers, a skyscraper made from wood, is helping combat these worrying figures.
The W350 Project aims to set a benchmark in construction history with the worlds tallest wooden building, measuring 350 metres in height. This 70 storey building will include greenery on all four sides - creating the future vision of urban biodiversity.
Inspirational stuff by Sumitomo Forestry Co to celebrate their 350th anniversary.
The Sun has been supplying our planet with unlimited clean energy for about 4.6 billion years - and only recently we are storing this solar power in batteries. But solar power isn’t so practical in this form, the main reason why fossil fuels continue to be used - although all this could change.
Researchers in Sweden have uncovered a fluid that works exactly like a rechargeable battery. However, the fluid is charged by the sun and the energy can be stored for up to 18 years - the energy is then released by simply adding a catalyst. To give you all a bit more faith, the researchers have tested the fluid during 125 cycles and it has shown no degradation whatsoever - unlike many lithium batteries that become sluggish after repeated use. It is estimated that this technology could be with us within the next 10 years - maybe then we’ll be enjoying the perks of free, clean energy by then?
Exciting discoveries by Jeffrey Grossman and his team.
Homelessness in New York City alone has increased by 40% since 2012, a shocking statistic with no signs of slowing down.
Luckily ‘Homed’ offers a solution to cover empty, windowless walls of buildings with temporary housing pods. These are built in a vertical honeycomb arrangement, allowing the pods to be accessed via staircases fitted within a scaffolded frame. Even all the interior fittings are built in modules, allowing complete customisation for the user depending on whether they want to sleep or work. And it gets better - the inner wall structures, bed frames and storage units are made from a plant-based polymer. A great concept that takes care of both the planet and the people living here.
Positive movements by @fram.lab
5.7 million tonnes of passenger waste was created during flights across the world last year alone, with an incredibly small amount actually recycled. Worryingly enough, this number is expected to double over the next 15 years.
Thankfully Hi Fly, a Portuguese airline, wants to change this and shortly after Christmas pioneered the first ever plastic-free flight. During the flight single use plastics were replaced with bamboo and compostable alternatives created by recycle material.
Positive steps forward by @hifly_airline
These amazingly minimal headphones allow complete customisation by the user. The headband, speaker and wiring components are all interchangeable depending on your requirements as a music listener.
The real beauty of this design is that if one component breaks, you can simply order a new part rather than the whole headphone system - minimising wasteful disposal of perfectly sound equipment. Modular design at its very, very best.
Designed by @aiaiaicph
There are currently 17 million shipping containers across the planet - with a massive 11 million of them unused and wasted.
This university campus has been created by 17 old shipping containers which are covered in a layer of recycled plastic waste insulation - stoping them over heating in hot climates. The campus also exclusively teaches sustainable development courses, if that wasn’t enough.
University: International Sustainable Development Studies Institute (ISDSI) @ Chiang Mai, Thailand
This lake house in South Africa has recently won an award for excellence at the Corobrik SAIA Awards. The building has been crafted entirely from reclaimed timber and stone that the client collected for over a decade.
Designed by Richard Stretton @ Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
420,000 tonnes of tyres are discarded each year in the UK alone, but these recycled rubber sinks are able to create a new life for this discarded product. The adapted material can even be further recycled after its life cycle.
Designed by Minarc.
These pendant light shades are grown from the roots of mushrooms, all via a sustainable bio fabrication method.
Michelin have announced a new smart tyre made entirely of organic material. Inspired by the shape of coral, this tyre is completely airless so will never, ever deflate.
Designed by: @michelin
This decorative tile connects onto existing building façades to reduce air pollution in cities. Coated in superfine titanium dioxide, this pollution-fighting technology gets to work in moderate levels of sunshine.
Designed by Elegant Embellishments
Inspired by the 3D puzzles from our youth, this lamp is made from recycled PET bottles - resulting in a product that balances aesthetics and up-cycling perfectly.
Designed by @de_vorm
Unlike current turbines - the IceWind doesn’t need to face the wind direction to generate power, doesn’t need brakes to be stopped in strong weather, and doesn’t have a negative effect on birdlife. Each turbine can be stacked on each other for a greater power output and it operates in pure silence. The IceWind has been in trials now for 7 years by the company, based in Iceland.
Designed by IceWind
Royal Mail is currently trialling these electric trucks in London. A successful trial could mean that 50,000 vehicles in their fleet adopt this technology, reducing their transport costs by 50%.
Designed by Arrival
This decorative light is powered entirely by wind - the faster the wind, the brighter the light created.
Designed by @tomlawton
This design is all about simplicity - by reducing the amount of parts and therefore manufacturing, the bike produced is absolutely timeless.
Designed by @joeyruiter
This egg-shaped pod is designed to encourage the collection of rainwater and dew, allowing users to utilise any water source. Powered by a turbine and photovoltaic cells - excess energy is stored with a battery that delivers power when solar or wind activity is reduced.
Designed by @ecocapsule.sk
The nature of piezoelectric nanofibers allows them to generate an electric charge via the movement of incoming cold water. This energy is used to heat the waters temperature - creating an extremely efficient shower, inspired by the human circulatory system.
Designed by Victor Stelmasuk, Fernanda Piza, Sebastian Jansson & Natalie Weinmann.
This tub is made entirely from sustainably sourced larch wood, constructed in a way to give a sauna-like experience. A masterclass in Japanese inspired design.
Designed by @matteothun
This LED light has been made using timber from forest thinning in Japan. Waste is kept to an absolute minimum through sustainable production techniques.
Designed by @nosigner