IndiNature Creating Sustainable Bio-based Construction Materials

IndiNature is a construction systems company that creates sustainable insulation called IndiBreathe to directly combat climate change. The construction industry annually produces half of carbon emissions and landfill waste while using half of natural resources. Developing sustainable architecture is a necessary step in mitigating these detrimental effects. IndiBreathe insulation is created from natural materials instead of petrochemical plastics and acts as a carbon-sink by absorbing carbon during the material´s photosynthesis process. This material also regulates temperature better than traditional materials, and can reduce a house´s gas bill to a quarter of the national average.

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Plans for Zero Waste Charlotte, North Carolina

Circular Charlotte is a circular economy initiative aiming to make Charlotte, North Carolina the first zero waste city. Of the 944,171 tons of waste Charlotte send to the landfill every year, 26.3% could be recycled. Implementation of the circular economy throughout five initial case studies plans to increase the total amount of city recycled waste from the current 11.5% while creating up to 2,000 new jobs and saving millions of dollars. Case studies involve food waste being repurposed for safe animal feed and using demolition remains to form new concrete.

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Insulated Fabric Design Based on Octopus

Alon Gorodetsky designed a material that allows users to regulate its insulating power. The material is comprised of a rubber sheet with copper pieces placed close together which trap heat inside. When the sheet is stretched, the copper is pulled apart and heat escapes. This design is based on the process cephalopods use during camouflage.

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Stormwater Management in Copenhagen uses Green Infrastructure

The “Cloudburst Management Plan” in Copenhagen is designed to mitigate city flooding in the event of severe storms that are becoming more common. Past infrastructure and underground drainage systems were not designed for these large volumes of water. Excess water is led by nature-based drainage systems utilizing green above-ground paths, buildings, and streets to urban reservoirs such as Sankt Jørgens Lake. Currently, there are 300 individual planned projects forming the Cloudburst Management Plan and they will be implemented throughout the next 20-30 years.

Thessaloniki Community Grows Public Urban Gardens

As a part of Thessaloniki´s “City as a resource” campaign, Kipos3 is a project where local gardeners work together to create public urban vegetable gardens. ´Kipos´ means garden in Greek, and these spaces transform existing parks, abandoned properties, and outdoor spaces inside public buildings into green areas. These projects can be implemented despite limited funding and infrastructure because they are led by the public, under the city´s supervision. These new green areas are building community through the shared maintenance and are becoming social spaces for neighborhoods.

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Self-Sorting Recycling Bin uses IoT Technology

Bin-e is a smart recycling bin which sorts inputted paper, plastic, glass, and metal into separate internal bins. The detection software not only identifies where to sort each object, but also when the paper and plastic bins need to be compressed. IoT technology also can send alerts to schedule recycling pick-ups. This process solves the problems of human error, inexperience, and effort.

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Flooring Captures Energy from Footsteps

Pavegen´s tiled flooring harnesses the energy of pedestrian footsteps. Small electromagnets underneath each tile induce a current with the tiny movement of the tile. In some areas, these tiles are used to power nearby light sources. Each step on the tiles produce a miniscule amount of energy, but in high trafficked areas the high price of production may be offset. The company aims to reduce production costs and merchandize the product in order to justify the expenses in manufacturing.

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3-D Printed Green Wall with Embedded Drainage System

BigRep has developed the Bayan Eco Wall, the first additive manufactured green wall system to have the drainage network internally produced during the printing process. Previously, these printed green walls required additional assembly of drainage parts in a complicated assembly post-printing. This new integration of the drainage system allows for less maintenance and a quicker build process.


Green Power Source from Moss

Moss Voltaic creates modular units that use moss as a biological power source. During photosynthesis, electrons are emitted as a byproduct and can be harvested to create electricity. Each unit houses a sample of moss and diodes to capture the electricity. The biological photovoltaic containers can be linked in series or parallel circuits while forming a tiled green wall. This method of capturing green energy is cheaper and more sustainable than solar panels and can function at all times of day, as it does not depend on the sun. 

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Fully Sustainable Town Soon under Construction

ReGenVillages is a company with plans to create a completely self-sustainable village in the Netherlands. Designs allow for an off-grid settlement that deploys high-tech solutions such as Internet of Things to manage the towns. Not only will housing be affordable, but the houses themselves will help sustain the towns with water filtration systems. ReGenVillages hopes to create these eco-villages in various climates across the world.

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