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Egypt uses sewage to grow forests in the desert
To tackle desertification, the Egyptian government is growing tree plantations that thrive on waste water.
Sculptural desalination plant imagined for Santa Monica pier
Pipe is a sustainable water harvesting solution that could produce 4.5 billion litres of clean water for California.
OLO turns smartphones into portable 3D printers
Anyone with a smartphone can digitally fabricate objects with this 3D-printing device.
Robotic lifeguard designed for rapid rescue and recovery
Remote-controlled buoy becomes a tool for quick and efficient sea rescue.
Tired running shoes turned into slippers for school children
GreenSole collects old trainers and transforms them into new shoes for rural kids.
A bamboo city built for communal living
Penda explores the idea of a sustainable urban village made out of bamboo and rope.
Catch an autonomous flying drone to work
Airbus shares plans to develop autonomous flying vehicles in response to land-based traffic congestion.
Shoey Shoes made entirely from waste materials
Student looks into using material offcuts to create a sustainable range of children’s shoes.
Boombox champions nomadic retail spaces
A startup platform that gives emerging businesses access to a public market.
Students create seaweed-based yarn to tackle fashion industry pollution
BioEsters is a bio-based material that presents a sustainable yarn alternative for designers.
Intuitive wardrobe donates unworn clothes to charities
The Internet of Clothes is a creative concept that tackles the over consumption of fashion.
Monitor air pollution with these reactive sweatshirts
Aerochromics drives air pollution awareness with smart textile garments.
Ceiling lamp made from its own packaging
Dutch design studio creates waste-free lamp from cardboard tubing.
Living armchair makes a comeback
Italian design studio relaunches its well-known grass furniture piece.
Wearable sunscreen device encourages necessary sun protection behaviour
SunZee is a wristband that simplifies sunscreen reapplication during outdoor activities.
Brain helmet stimulates creative thinking
Plato project explores scientific solution to problem solving.
Origami canoe inspires water-based urban commuting
Onak makes city paddling more accessible with an unsinkable kayak.
Liquid light created in DiMO lamp range
Modern lamp designed to imitate the mechanism of a syringe.
Condom material used to design advanced athletic wear
SKYNFEEL APPAREL uses innovative condom material to create aerodynamic long jump suit.
Playground teaches recycling resourcefulness to kids
Discarded water tanks, street lamps and other waste items used to create play areas in Taipei.
Living architecture could be the answer to sustainable built environments
University team develop smart bricks with biological systems that can generate energy and clean water.
Can hairy plants clean up Amsterdam’s air pollution?
The Green Junkie’s ability to absorb carbon pollution is currently being tested.
MOBA replaces temporary housing with easy-to-assemble permanent homes
Argentinian social company relooks at the concept of emergency shelters in developing countries.
Floating Farm set to launch in Rotterdam
Waterfront dairy farm presents a sustainable approach to food production in cities.
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