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SolePower is an energy harvesting company bringing a power generating shoe insert to market. The technology is ideal for powering mobile electronic devices such as cell phones and GPS. Early adopters in the US will be outdoor enthusiasts and SolePower technology has additional applications in the military, developing nations, and other commercial markets.
Wecyclers gives low-income communities in developing countries a chance to capture value from waste and clean up their neighborhoods through incentive-based recycling.
More: Wecyclers | Welcome to Wecyclers
Cross-file under: ”Creative reuse of an old clamp” and “vertical storage.”
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Waste collection in Nigeria: Clean it up | The Economist
Why we should love material things more – Nick Thorpe – Aeon -
This is a long read, as they say, but pretty thoughtful and compelling to followers of this Tumblr, I suspect. It asks, in essence, if the problem we face “is not that [we] value material things too much – but that [we don’t] truly value them enough?”
The challenge is to cherish our possessions enough to care about where they came from, who made them, what will happen to them in the future In recent years, a range of voices from science, philosophy, political activism and the arts have begun to suggest exactly that, coalescing into a movement that can ground us ever more mindfully in the material world. The ‘new materialism’, as it was dubbed in a report by the New Economics Foundation in 2012, challenges us to love our possessions not less but more – to cherish them enough to care about where they came from, who made them, what will happen to them in the future.
Really worth the read.
Good news for humans interested in creative reuse: We’re getting help from bees!
The Ecological Society of America has released a paper entitled “Bees collect polyurethane and polethylene plastics as novel nest materials,” detailing York University researcher J. Scott MacIvor’s discoveries on the subject.
[While building nests, the bee species] Megachile rotundata was discovered using pieces of polyethylene-based plastic shopping bags and M. campanulae used a polyurethane-based exterior house sealant…
More: Bees Are Now Upcycling Plastic - Core77
The future is rubbish - Future Tense - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) -
Increasingly the things we throw away have value. In a consumerist world, with diminishing resources, rubbish is being recycled like never before. The recycling industry is now worth $US500 billion a year and it employs more people worldwide than any other industry except agriculture.
Trash is no longer just an environmental problem, it’s an economic opportunity. We learn how the stuff of our past is helping to fuel the demand of tomorrow.
Great episode of the Australian radio show Future Tense. Worth a listen.
Stephen Sollins [makes] patchwork masterpieces from Tyvek mailing envelopes.
More Holy Papercuts: Stephen Sollins’ Tyvek Patchwork Quilts - Core77
Using 10,000 reclaimed boards, New York-based artist Mark Reigelman designed a site specific installation outside of the Cleveland Public Library.
The Reading Nest was a massive undertaking that was inspired by age-old objects that are often associated with knowledge and wisdom. The nest-like structure sits 35 feet wide and 12 feet high and allows visitors to interact with it and enjoy it while it’s there.
More: The Reading Nest by Mark Reigelman - Design Milk
Make your own lip balm!
Here: How-Tuesday: DIY Lip Balm in Upcycled Containers | The Etsy Blog