In this section of our blog, we want to present some amazing projects that got our attention. The aim is to offer some support to the inventors and on the other hand, encourage people to get inspired and think about how they can contribute to making the world a better place. Sure, for a lot of projects you also need a lot of funds but with crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter or our personal favorite Indiegogo, the setup for these type of campaigns is way easier. There are also projects you can just sign up for free. We will constantly update this page with projects we get introduced by suggestions or people we meet on the road. Also we invite you to introduce us to projects you think we should have a look at. Just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Seabin Project (Australia)
The Seabin is a floating rubbish bin that is located in the water at marinas, docks, yacht clubs and commercial ports and moves up and down with the range of tide, collecting all floating rubbish. Water is sucked in from the surface and passes through the catch bag inside the Seabin. The water is then pumped back into the marina leaving litter and debris trapped in the catch bag to be disposed of properly. More info
The Solar Bike Path (Netherlands)
In 2014, SolaRoad started its pilot project in the town of Krommenie near Amsterdam by replacing a stretch of 70 meters of a tarmac bike path with solar modules it developed. The embedded solar panels are protected by a 1 cm thick coating, which is highly transparent but does not compromise traction. The project attracted great attention both inside and outside the Netherlands, and within the first year after the solar bike path opened, 300.000 cyclists and scooters rode over it. In its first year, the SolaRoad produced 9.800 kWh, roughly the equivalent to the annual average consumption fo three Dutch households. More Info
Original Unverpackt (Germany)
Well by now there are a lot of supermarkets without any packaging, but Original Unverpackt was the first in Germany that was brought to our attention. Not only because of their very cool shop but also because they are focusing on educating. They offer a course that teaches you how to open your own store and also offer a webshop where you can buy day-to-day zero waste products. More Info
Ocean Cleanups (Worldwide)
There are up to 140 million tons of waste in the seas, swimming or drifting along the beaches. So one way to contribute that would cost you very little, basically, just the transportation to the site would be to participate in an ocean clean up. They exist all over the world now, from Australia to Hong Kong, California to Chile. If you live near a beach have a look if it exists, and if not organize one yourself. There are plenty of people who love the ocean and it is fairly easy to get participants with a well-managed Facebook campaign.
Eatable Cutlery (India)
The company, BAKEYS FOODS PRIVATE LIMITED was established in 2010 in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India as an alternative to disposable plastic/wood cutlery and bamboo chopsticks.
Sharkwater II (Canada)
As many as 150.000.000 Sharks get killed every year and scientists can only account for 70.000.000 of those. So where do more than half of the killed animals disappear to? That is the question Rob Stewart (R.I.P.) and his Sharkwater Crew want to answer. More info