Have you heard of the Garbage Patch State? It is a federally recognized state that resides in the middle of the oceans (North Pacific, South Pacific, North Atlantic, South Atlantic and Indian Ocean, to be exact) and is made out of plastic waste. These five islands were created by plastic waste getting sucked into vortices and creating large masses of plastic, smack dab in the middle of the oceans. Marine life not only gets stuck in these masses but they also eat the plastic, which we then end up consuming ourselves. In other words, this isn’t exactly the circle of life that will sustain us. (more…)
Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour. Yes. Every hour.
I could end this blog post now and you’d get the joke. That’s not a good number. But a Harvard professor and genius designer has come up with a product that just might make a serious dent in that outrageous statistic.
David Edwards has created many a beautiful thing. Most notably perhaps is Le Laboratoire, an innovative and experimental design center Paris. He’s also come up with all of these wild ideas. The man truly honors the word design: his artistry produces things of beauty, things of function and most of all he knows how to produce things of meaning. So when he came up with the idea of edible food packaging people were prepared to listen with an open mind. (more…)
In my last post I referred to a sobering article from Smithsonian Magazine that showed a big, bad outcome in less than 20 years if we don’t start using some cool new inputs. And now I’ve run across this. And it is cool folks … soaringly cool.
What’s not to love about tapping into natural resources like wind to produce the electricity that we just can’t seem to get enough of? Well there are a few things, actually, such as the wind doesn’t always blow when and as hard as we’d like. Or that wind farms to some are kind of an eye sore. Or perhaps even more disturbingly, wind farms sometimes have the effect of working like a Cuisinart food processor on birds. (more…)