Why Siemens, GE and Rolls-Royce are turning to 3D printing

January 8, 2018 by  
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Inside the pluses and minuses of additive manufacturing.

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Inside the pluses and minuses of additive manufacturing.

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What an integrated Western grid means for California

January 8, 2018 by  
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The electricity grids of the Western U.S. are home to major electricity innovation — as well as major grid challenges.

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What an integrated Western grid means for California

January 8, 2018 by  
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The electricity grids of the Western U.S. are home to major electricity innovation — as well as major grid challenges.

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Walking a mile in the shoes of a closed-loop company

November 17, 2017 by  
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The president of footwear label Okabashi discusses why its U.S.-made shoes travel 10,000 fewer miles than competitors and use more secondary materials.

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Safer peroxide recipe takes CRISPR gene science, adds sugar

November 15, 2017 by  
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Startup Solugen wants to clean up the manufacturing process for the bathroom staple, which also offers a host of industrial uses.

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Greenbuild 17: Resilience and inspiration in the age of Trump

November 15, 2017 by  
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The first Greenbuild under Trump followed a year of climate-related disasters. And the impacts are motivating the building community toward resilience, inclusion and more localized solutions now more than ever.

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Nike calls "Flyleather" its most sustainable leather material yet

October 16, 2017 by  
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When Nike introduced its Flyknit technology in 2012, the sportswear giant literally broke the mold of sneaker construction. By using a weaving technique that results in a virtually seamless one-piece upper, Nike is able to create a shoe that has the featherweight pliability of a sock yet the support and durability of a trainer. Flyknit is better for the environment, too. Compared with traditional cut-and-sew methods, the technology allows the company to slash its waste by roughly 60 percent. Five years on, Nike is employing a similar tack to Flyleather, a new “super material” that looks and feels like leather but is lighter and stronger. Nike calls Flyleather its “most sustainable leather material ever.” Unlike traditional full-grain leather, Flyleather comprises parts of a cow’s hide that’s typically discarded during the leather-making process—up to 30 percent, according to Nike. The firm grinds up the scraps, combining them with synthetic-blend fibers and polyester fabric before fusing everything into a single material. After a finishing process that includes final touches such as pigmentation, the material is placed on a roll for cutting, which improves efficiency and creates less waste. Related: Nike’s stunning Flyknit Feather Pavilion lights up the night at Beijing Design Week All in all, the Flyleather technique uses about 90 percent less water than traditional full-grain leather, Nike said. It also has an 80 percent smaller carbon footprint than conventional leather manufacturing. “Nike Flyleather completely mimics athletic, pigmented full-grain leathers in everything from fit to touch,” Tony Bignell, vice president of footwear innovation, said in a statement. “Unlike with traditional leathers, Flyleather can be produced with a consistent grade across a broader range of product.” You don’t have to wait to experience Flyleather in person. An all-white Flyleather version of Nike’s signature Tennis Classic is available for sale for $85 at www.nike.com and at the Nike SoHo store, NikeLab 21 Mercer, and Dover Street Market in New York City. + Nike

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The hottest business trends are circular

May 31, 2017 by  
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The linear economy poses serious financial, reputational and regulatory risks as resources diminish and demand grows, and more companies recognize that.

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Safety concerns overshadow energy-slashing potential of smart homes

May 31, 2017 by  
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Until technology companies address hacking incidents and other security issues, it does little good to talk up the environmental benefits.

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