Plastic-Free Water: TAPP Water’s Compostable Faucet Filter

October 9, 2018 by  
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Dutch startup unveils enormous vacuum to suck pollution out of the air

October 28, 2016 by  
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As cities sprawl over more land, air quality  has become a pressing concern. Industries generate fine particles, usually from burning fuel or wood, that according to Dutch startup  Envinity Group are the “greatest threat to public health,” and air pollution is responsible for at least 400,000 deaths every single year . Envinity Group designed what they call the world’s first huge outdoor air vacuum to suck up these toxic particles. Envinity Group unveiled their device at the Offshore Energy 2016 Exhibition & Conference in Amsterdam. Company spokesperson Henk Boersen said , “It’s a large industrial filter about eight meters (yards) long, made of steel …placed basically on top of buildings and it works like a big vacuum cleaner . A large column of air will pass through the filter and come out clear.” Related: World’s largest smog-sucking vacuum cleaner could rid cities of pollution According to the company, the device filters out 100 percent of fine particles and 95 percent of ultra-fine particles. It can filter across huge areas, inhaling air from a radius of 300 meters, or nearly 1,000 feet. It can also treat 800,000 cubic meters, or around 28,251,733 cubic feet, of air in just one hour. The Energy Research Center of the Netherlands tested Envinity Group’s prototype. Envinity Group paints a dire portrait of fine particles on their website: unawares, we breath them in each day. Over 90 percent of people living in the European Union, for example, are exposed to the particles at levels greater than recommended by the World Health Organization , which says fine particles are carcinogenic. Ultra-fine particles are even more insidious and are released in airplane and vehicle emissions, or during waste incineration. Envinity Group says they damage the nervous system and even cause infections. Envinity’s filtering system is the “first of its kind in the world,” according to the company , allowing people to protect against “silent killers.” Boersen said the device is already sparking interest from airports, businesses, and governments. + Envinity Group Via Phys.org Images via Envinity Group/AFP and Envinity Group

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MIT researchers discover silk holds the key to vastly improved filtration

July 21, 2016 by  
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MIT and Tufts University researchers found silk is good for more than clothes, cool furniture , or bulletproof vests . They found a way to extract tiny silk building blocks, called nanofibrils, that vastly improve filtration techniques. Others attempted to extract these nanofibers in the past, but largely failed, and the researchers detailed their process to success in a paper published recently in the journal Nano Letters . These nanofibrils can be made into ” advanced filtration membranes ,” according to the researchers. In their paper, the scientists explained their four-step process, which involved exfoliating the silk, extracting nanofibrils via ultrasonic waves, and vacuum filtration. They utilized silk fibers made by domesticated silkworms. Related: Groundbreaking affordable, paper-thin filter removes viruses from water The new membranes are not only more effective for filtration, they’re more environmentally friendly. Used filters biodegrade, resulting in ” no lasting impact ,” according to MIT . The nanofibrils membranes are less expensive too: one piece costs between five and 51 cents, while a comparable piece of commercial membrane costs $1.20. The new membranes are very flexible and don’t dissolve in water, crucial for effective water filtration. The nanofibrils are also ” negatively charged at neutral pH ” which means they can snare positively charged molecules. MIT postdoc student Shengjie Ling said , “There has been a renewed focus recently on developing these types of ultrathin filtration membranes…The challenge has always been to create these new ultrathin and low-cost devices while retaining mechanical strength and good separation performance. Cast silk fibroin membranes aren’t an option, because they do not have porous structure and dissolve in water if not pretreated. We knew there had to be a better way.” The new membranes were designed in a collaboration between several different departments; material scientists and civil, computational, and biomedical engineers all worked together on the research. The new membranes could be used in research, food manufacturing, and to filter water . Via MIT News Images via the MIT/Tufts University researchers and Ed Schipul on Flickr

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Adorable ‘Grand Beedapest Hotel’ creates an urban home for bees

July 21, 2016 by  
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Tea company Taylors of Harrogate teamed up with Kew Gardens to design the Grand Beedapest Hotel , a luxury bee hotel à la Wes Anderson. Through their enchanting design, Taylors aims to raise awareness about bee population decline and inspire people to grow bee-friendly flowers and herbs such as lavender, geraniums, and sage. Bees are largely responsible for the fruits that help flavor Taylors tea , but pesticides, pollution, and habitat loss have all contributed to bee decline. According to one study, the same amount of bees live in cities as in rural areas , so Taylors decided to fight against habitat loss and illustrate how cities can actually help urban-dwelling bees thrive. Their quirky Grand Beedapest Hotel features a swimming pool with mint leaves, restaurant with roses and pollen, and a luxury suite with a rhubarb sugar water bath. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocs0taaZ8m0 + The Story of Bees Images via screenshot

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Naked filter is an affordable and easy solution to clean healthy water

March 25, 2015 by  
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The lack of access to clean water is a major humanitarian problem around the world. Silicon Valley startup Liquidity Nanotech wants to help solve that issue by bringing clean, healthy drinking water to everyone, one filter at a time. The startup’s Kickstarter, Naked Filter , starts on the consumer-level with a portable bottle that uses affordable, effective, and easy-to-use technology to purify water. The current nano-filter unfortunately cannot be recycled (it needs to be replaced every month); however, the company hopes that commercial success and increased production will allow them to affordably distribute their product to communities in the developing world. + Naked Filter Kickstarter 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: access to clean water , clean water , kickstarter , Liquidity Nanotech , Naked Filter , Naked Filter bottle , reader submitted content

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Camera Buildings’ Tiny Prefab Can be Shipped and Craned into Place with Ease

December 17, 2013 by  
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This micro prefab space by tiny house company Camera Buildings  is designed to be the perfect ready-to-use accessory space. Made in Vancouver, Canada, the Filter Studio can be shipped and craned into place with ease. Designed around an expanse of glass that wraps it entirely, the small structure is clad in a cedar screen that filters the light and view, but enables a strong connection to the outside. + Camera Buildings 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: Camera Buildings , Filter Studio , Prefab , prefab design , prefab studio , tiny house , tiny prefab        

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Agüevo Cork Egg Cup Keeps Soft-Boiled Eggs Warm

December 17, 2013 by  
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Agüevo is a new modern egg cup made from natural cork ! Designed by IN-TENTA , these water-repellent, lightweight anti-slip egg cups protect soft-boiled eggs and keep them warm thanks to the great insulation properties of cork . 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! Read the rest of Agüevo Cork Egg Cup Keeps Soft-Boiled Eggs Warm Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Agüevo , Catalonia , Catalonia Spain , cork , cork egg cup , egg cup , Food Safe Finish Oil , IN-TENTA , l’Empordà , Mediterranean Cork Oak forest , Quercus suber , Spain , Sustainable Materials        

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Brilliant SunBeamer Skylight Reflects Daylight Exactly Where You Want It

December 17, 2013 by  
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The new SunBeamer skylight is a clever and surprisingly simple daylighting solution that directs sunlight exactly where you need it most. Developed by SunCentral, the sun-tracking circular skylight uses rotating mirrors to shoot beams of light deep within a building. We caught up with Peter Busby , LEED Fellow and head of Perkins + Will’s San Francisco office , at Greenbuild 2013  to talk about how the firm’s new building will use the SunBeamer. Read the rest of Brilliant SunBeamer Skylight Reflects Daylight Exactly Where You Want It Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Daylighting , interior day lighting , natural daylighting , skylight , sun tracker , sun tracking skylight        

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WaterBean: Portable Coconut Carbon Filter Lets You Refill Any Bottle With Fresh, Purified Water

July 25, 2013 by  
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The WaterBean is a brilliant portable water filter that can be inserted within any bottle to provide pure, fresh water on the go. The colorful filter is small enough to be conveniently carried anywhere, and it can be used in any reused plastic bottle to purify water from the tap. Each WaterBean can safely filter 280 bottles worth of H2O into clean and pure drinking water . Read the rest of WaterBean: Portable Coconut Carbon Filter Lets You Refill Any Bottle With Fresh, Purified Water Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , green design , plastic bottle filter , sustainable design , water filter , WaterBean        

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PureMadi Uses Ceramics and Nanoparticle Technology to Purify Water in Developing Nations

February 11, 2013 by  
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In developing nations, access to clean water is a major humanitarian issue, so much so that numerous non-profits and foundations are dedicated specifically to the mission to provide access to basic sanitation. PureMadi , an organization of the University of Virginia, has invented two simple ceramic technologies that repeatedly disinfect water and are currently being developed for use in South Africa. The PureMadi filter and MadiDrop use ceramics treated with silver and copper nanoparticles to cheaply and efficiently eliminate a majority of pathogens. Read the rest of PureMadi Uses Ceramics and Nanoparticle Technology to Purify Water in Developing Nations Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ceramic , copper , factory , filter , limpopo , madidrop , nanoparticle , pathogen , puremadi , silver , South Africa , tablet , university of virginia , water issues

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