Vivobarefoot is launching a sneaker made out of algae

May 25, 2017 by  
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Vivobarefoot , a London-based purveyor of so-called “barefoot” footwear , is going green in an altogether unexpected way. Together with Bloom , a materials innovation firm from San Diego, the company is poised to debut the world’s first molded shoe derived from algae. No, swamp couture hasn’t suddenly become en vogue. Rather, Bloom harvests biomass from ponds and lakes, particularly those at risk for algal overload, and turns it into closed-cell foam known as ethylene-vinyl acetate, or EVA for short. Typically made from petroleum-based sources, EVA is what gives sneakers that extra-cushy feel. Vivobarefoot’s new lace-up is made almost entirely from the stuff, a fact that not only makes it equally at home on land and in water, but it also gives the environment a much-needed boost. Related: Researchers use algae to treat wastewater and generate biofuel A single pair of men’s size 42 Vivobarefoot x Bloom shoes, according to Vivobarefoot, returns 57 gallons of clean water to ecosystem while removing the equivalent of 40 balloons worth of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. “This is a true revolution for the footwear industry with the first plant based alternative to the petro-foams in ubiquitous use,” said Galahad Clark, founder and managing director of Vivobarefoot, in a statement. “We are thrilled to be the first company to use Bloom in our shoes and further our mission to make the perfect shoe—perfect for feet and minimal impact on the planet.” Related: Mexico-sized algae bloom in the Arabian Sea connected to climate change The Vivobarefoot x Bloom shoe will be available for purchase online and in stores this July. + Vivobarefoot x Bloom

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Nanoleaf Bloom: First Energy Efficient Light Bulb that Can Transform Any Standard Light Switch into an Energy-Saving Dimmer

July 22, 2014 by  
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Did you know that dimming your lights in half can cut your electric use by 40 percent and save up to $30 a year on utilities? To help the average person make the switch to dimmers and adopt more energy efficient lighting , the creators behind the NanoLight –the crowd funded light touted as the world’s most energy efficient light bulb–have unveiled their newest Kickstarter: the NanoLeaf Bloom . Unlike its predecessor, the NanoLeaf Bloom is a uniquely dimmable bulb that transforms any standard switch into a dimmer switch using a custom embedded microprocessor. The incredibly popular invention has already blasted past its Kickstarter goal in less than a week, but it’s not too late to get your hands on an early bird product and see the amazing bulb in action. + NanoLeaf Bloom The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dimmable switch , energy efficient light bulbs , energy efficient lighting , energy saving , green lighting , kickstarter , nano leaf bloom , nano leaf nano light , reader submitted content , standard light switch , world’s most energy efficient light bulb

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‘Blackfish’-Inspired Bill Could Ban Orca Shows at SeaWorld San Diego

March 10, 2014 by  
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Image via Shutterstock California lawmaker Richard Bloom (D – Santa Monica) introduced landmark legislation last week to ban the captivity of orcas, also known as killer whales , for entertainment. Titled the “Orca Welfare and Safety Act,” the bill was inspired by the hit documentary ‘Blackfish’ that reveals the horrifying side of keeping killer whales in captivity. “There is no justification for the continued captive display of orcas for entertainment purposes,” said Bloom in a prepared statement on Friday. “These beautiful creatures are much too large and far too intelligent to be confined in small, concrete tanks for their entire lives.” Read the rest of ‘Blackfish’-Inspired Bill Could Ban Orca Shows at SeaWorld San Diego Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ban orca captivity , blackfish , california legislation , captive killer whales , captive orcas , killer whale shows , killer whales , orca shows , orca welfare and safety act , orcas , petition , Richard Bloom , SeaWorld , seaworld san diego        

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Bombay Sapphire’s 18th Century Paper Mill Renovation Wins BREEAM Award for Industrial Design

March 10, 2014 by  
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At last week’s Ecobuild Conference in London, GWP Architecture and Thomas Heatherwick ‘s amazing Bombay Sapphire’s Laverstoke Mill distillery was awarded the highly prestigious BREEAM Award for Industrial Design. The London-based architectural team began the renovation of the abandoned 18th century paper mill in 2012 and has since been recognized as a leading example of environmentally-conscious industrial design . Read the rest of Bombay Sapphire’s 18th Century Paper Mill Renovation Wins BREEAM Award for Industrial Design Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , Architecture , Bombay Sapphire Distillery , BREEAM Award for Industrial Design , Ecobuild Conference , GWP Architecture , Hampshire , Heatherwick Studio , industrial design , London ExCel Centre , renewable energy        

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Futuristic Pod Lounges: Modern Sculpture or Orbiting Spaceships?

March 10, 2014 by  
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Verizon inks deal to roll out Bloom Energy fuel cells

June 7, 2013 by  
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Tech giant moves forward with $100 million green energy program, signing up to install fuel cells at three major U.S. facilities.

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BLOOM Encourages Crowds to Come Together and Make Intricate Art In Public Spaces

August 15, 2012 by  
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When is a toy more than a toy? When it helps bring a community together through the joyful process of making low-impact art that beautifies a public space, of course.  BLOOM , an urban toy made from recycled plastic, achieves this perfect synthesis with quiet simplicity. Equal parts recycling project, distributed social game, and collective “gardening” experience, BLOOM encourages citizens to take an active role in creating original art. Read the rest of BLOOM Encourages Crowds to Come Together and Make Intricate Art In Public Spaces Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , BLOOM , community art , crowdsourcing , olympics , public spaces , Recycled Plastic , UK

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Lunchbook: Sebastiano Ercoli and Alessandro Garlandini’s Printed Plates Make Milan Expo Dining Even More Fun!

August 15, 2012 by  
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The Milan Expo 2015 is already underway and in true Italian fashion, food and sustainability are the main focus. The amazing designers Sebastiano Ercoli and Alessandro Garlandini have created a fun and easy way for visitors to taste the delicious  Expo cuisine on the go! Their “Lunchbook” is a collection of bound paper dishes featuring decorated borders and unique recipes from countries all over the world printed at their center. Visitors can fan out the pages and sample foods from various exhibitors at once, throw away their plates, or rinse them for another round of eats! Read the rest of Lunchbook: Sebastiano Ercoli and Alessandro Garlandini’s Printed Plates Make Milan Expo Dining Even More Fun! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alessandro garlandini , eco design , eco food design , food design , green design , green food design , lunchbook , Milan Design , milan eco design , milan expo , milan expo 2015 , Milan Green Design , milan sustainable design , recyclable dishes , recyclable materials , recycled paper dishes , reusable dishes , reusable paper dishes , sebastiano ercoli , sustainable design , sustainable food design

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The Electricity-Free Laundry Pod Washer Cuts Down on Water, Time and Energy

August 15, 2012 by  
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Doing laundry can be aggravating enough without having to worry about quarters, hauling heavy loads, and wasting energy.  The Laundry Pod from StoreBound avoids the stress of laundromats by providing a portable, human-powered machine that saves energy, water and money. The device uses a hand crank instead of electricity, requiring only a few minutes of work to wash a load of laundry. Similar to the GiraDora , the Laundry Pod is lightweight, easy to operate, and electricity-free. Read the rest of The Electricity-Free Laundry Pod Washer Cuts Down on Water, Time and Energy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: giradora , human powered , laundromat , spin dryer , storebound , the laundry pod , washer , water issues

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Hope for U.S. cleantech jobs: Bloom Energy plans Delaware factory

May 8, 2012 by  
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When a Silicon Valley cleantech company announces plans to expand beyond the friendly confines of California to build a second factory in Delaware, we should pay attention.

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