Dutch designer creates a wooden motorcycle powered by algae

August 11, 2017 by  
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An algae-powered wooden motorcycle? The concept isn’t too far out, considering algae has been used to create everything from eco-friendly sneakers to living lamps that absorb CO2 . There’s even an entire algae-powered building in Hamburg ! Dutch designer Ritsert Mans and scientist Peter Mooij created a wooden motorcycle that runs on algae to increase the visibility of the lesser known fuel source. “For every part of the bike, I looked to what nature could provide me with,” said Mans, who built the frame and springs with wood. He used cork for the dampeners and hemp for reinforcement. The team was interested in showcasing how algae oil could be potentially used in the future. So, they grew algae in saltwater, built a wooden motorcycle that runs on the stuff, then tested the concept on a local beach. In his narration, Mans likens the experiment the pioneering era of the 1900’s. Back then, people had no idea what to expect in terms of the up-and-coming automotive landscape. Now that millions of citizens are making a collective effort to invest in renewable energy and sustainable initiatives, great advances are expected to take place. “People don’t know what the world will look like 30 years from now in terms of transportation and energy,” Mans said, “but that uncertainty allows people to develop and build their own ideas.” “Even though the single-sided swingarm seems to contrast with the ‘prehistoric’ material it is made of, it’s actually a full composite, with all sorts of directional fibers provided by nature,” he added. Related: Mexico-sized algae bloom in the Arabian Sea connected to climate change Mans and Mooij wrote a book called The Thick Algae (or De Dikke Alg, in their native Dutch). Their wooden algae bike was made to accompany the resource. If you’d like to learn more about the project, watch Peter Mooij’s 2015 TED talk on algae oil: + Ritsert Mans Via Motofire Images via Ritsert Mans

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Navajo tribe blazes new trail in the US with contract to grow industrial hemp

October 26, 2016 by  
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The Navajo tribe recently signed their first contract to begin growing industrial hemp , a move that is expected to provide much-needed economic stimulus. Partnering with CannaNative , the tribe plans to sell hemp for rope, oil, and construction materials and shrink chronic unemployment and poverty rates. If all goes according to plan, their New Mexico farm could start harvesting homegrown hemp by next season. CannaNative will help the Navajo tribe grow hemp in accordance with a new memorandum of understanding. The plan has the potential to be very lucrative given the $800 million global hemp market, which is projected to rise in coming years. According to Forbes , the tribe’s unemployment rate currently stands at 48 percent and the average household income hovers around $8,240. New economic stimulus could potentially improve the tribe’s socioeconomic health. Related: UK farmer grows his own eco home from sustainable hemp crops Currently, growing hemp in New Mexico – where the farm will be located – is not permitted. However, Anthony Rivera, CannaNative’s chief executive officer, is optimistic that the quality relationship between the Navajo and federal government will make the transition a smooth one. “We are striving for the first, if not the largest hemp crop in the country,” he told Forbes . He also believes growing hemp will become a far more successful venture than the declining gaming industry. Via Forbes Images via Flickr , Wikipedia

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Floating wave-powered desalination buoy cuts price of clean water production in half

October 26, 2016 by  
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“Typical desalination processes can be taxing on the environment, especially coastal communities,” the team wrote on their Indiegogo page . They add, “Unlike traditional methods that require a huge amount of power, typically generated by burning fuel oil, SAROS uses clean, renewable wave energy and produces zero emissions and minimal salt brine concentration.” According to them, by eliminating the need to produce energy with their wave-powered device, they can offer clean drinking water at half the price of existing plants. Related: Solar-powered pipe desalinizes 1.5 billion gallons of clean drinking water for California “We’re completely removing the dependency on electricity and fossil fuels, and creating one of the first environmentally conscious desalination systems that will allow us to bring affordable fresh water to coastal areas across the globe,” they said. It’s a noble idea with several other potential applications, including filtering plastic from oceans and seas. If you’re interested to learn more, take a look at the long list of backers who have supported Chris and Justin in their three-year journey to perfect the original design. They’ve received multiple awards, including the coveted Thomas Edison Award in 2014, and recently opened a second branch in Wilmington, North Carolina to continue their research and development. + SAROS

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Presso Design upcycles burlap coffee sacks into stylish bags and sleeves

March 23, 2015 by  
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Presso Design is a small, family-owned business that crafts sleeves and bags for electronics out of upcycled coffee sacks. Burlap sacks are used in the coffee industry to transport raw coffee beans, however the bags are usually thrown away once they reach the roasteries. Presso Design buys these waste bags in bulk and uses carefully selected bags as the raw material for unique handcrafted bags and sleeves. Natural burlap canvas, hemp , and pure Italian leather are also used to make the bags more durable. + Presso Design 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: burlap sack , coffee sack , hemp , natural burlap canvas , presso design , reader submitted content , upcycled coffee sacks , upcycled design , upcycling

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Spiraling green-covered walkway unfurls from an office window

March 23, 2015 by  
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Polish architects Zalewski Architecture Group have designed a lush spiraling walkway that spruces up the concrete courtyard outside of their offices in Gliwice, Poland. Suspended from the surrounding buildings, the “Walk-on” balcony is an elevated grassy walkway that allows employees to take a surreal break from the confines of their cubicles. The grassy walkway design spirals out of a third floor window of Zalewski’s offices, providing a green escape from office life without having to leave the third floor. Read the rest of Spiraling green-covered walkway unfurls from an office window Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: balcony walkway , eco design , green balcony , green covered balcony , green design , green walkway , spiraling balcony , suspended balcony , suspended walkway , sustainable design , Walk-on Balcony , Zalewski Architecture Group

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why It’s Important to Insulate Your Home Properly

October 31, 2014 by  
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Did you know that insulating your house properly can save you money in both winter and summertime? In winter, insulation keeps warm air from escaping your home and stops drafts from chilling you to the core, while in summer, it regulates your home’s temperature and keeps you from being baked. Insulation also reduces greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. It’s come a long way from the ubiquitous pink foam, and there are now green options such as waste paper, seaweed, hemp, and waste material options that can be used within your walls and attics. Check out this infographic for more information about how insulation can work for you, as well as the Dos and Don’ts associated with its installation. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Why It’s Important to Insulate Your Home Properly Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Canadian Residential Inspection Services , Climate Change , greenhouse gases , healthy home , healthy houses , hemp , hemp insulation , home insulating , home insulation , infographic , insulating , insulating homes , insulation , recycled paper , soy , wool , wool insulation

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World’s First Plane Made Out of Hemp Flies High Next Year

October 21, 2014 by  
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Despite an ongoing controversy in parts of the world, hemp is widely used in a large variety of applications, including soap, clothing, building supplies and fuel. But next year we will be able to add a new use for hemp if Canada’s Hempearth can get the world’s first hemp-based and hemp-fueled plane in the air. Last month Hempearth signed a contract with a Florida-based plane manufacturer to build a plane made almost entirely out of the fast-growing Cannabis plant . Read the rest of World’s First Plane Made Out of Hemp Flies High Next Year Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable energy” , airplane , derek kesek , green airplane , green transportation , hemp , hemp airplane , hemp biofuel , hempearth , industrial hemp , sustainable airplane , sustainable crop

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Does This Gorgeous Packaging Tempt You to Eat the Insects Inside?

October 21, 2014 by  
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If you are like most Americans, the thought of biting into a nice, juicy cricket probably doesn’t hold much appeal. But many countries around the world consider insects to be a real treat. So how can we shift the perception from ‘yuk’ to ‘yum’? Sexyfood thinks they have the answer: by wrapping insects in gorgeous gold and black cans developed by Atelier Design, Sexyfood hopes to turn the lowly bug – including grasshoppers, waterbugs and scorpions – into a rare treat. Read the rest of Does This Gorgeous Packaging Tempt You to Eat the Insects Inside? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eating insects , edible ants , edible crickets , edible insects , edible scorpions , edible waterbugs , exotic foods , insect dining , insect tasting , Sexyfood , Sexyfood canned insects , sexyfood foods , Sexyfood insects , Sexyfood packaging , Sexyfood tinned insects , sustainable eating , sustainable food

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Bevan Architects Build Carbon-Negative Hemp Eco Retreat For Under £100,000

April 24, 2014 by  
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Cibicworkshop Showcases Green Building Techniques with “Cultivating a House”

October 15, 2012 by  
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Cultivating a House is a large-scale installation consisting of two houses built from sustainable materials by  Cibicworkshop , a design research center that is based in italy. The two houses, which were presented at the MADE Expo 2012, are made of hemp and a dry construction system supported by metal frames. The house that is made out of hemp — a key element in Italy’s agricultural history — represents a way of building with natural materials. The dry-construction home presents an innovative construction system that enables builders build the home very quickly. All of the materials in the metal frame house are 100% recyclable. + Cibicworkshop 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: “natural materials” , Cibicworkshop , Cultivating a House , dry construction , Green Building , green design , green house , hemp , hemp construction , hemp house , Natural building materials

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