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Your daily fix of new business ideas Springwise and its network of 17,000 spotters scan the globe for smart new business ideas, delivering instant inspiration to entrepreneurial minds. More at www.springwise.com
Healthy mass-market chips made of insects could solve a world food crisis
The meat industry contributes almost one-fifth of all greenhouse gases, takes up vast quantities of land, resources and energy, and relies on techniques that contribute to animal cruelty. Not only this, but demand for meat is set to increase with global population rises and higher incomes in developing countries, which could create problems for world food security. The recent unveiling of the world’s first lab-grown beefburger is testament to the efforts scientists are taking to ween consumers off of farmed animal produce, and now Six Foods has created a brand of chips made from crickets that could make insect meat palatable for the western world. READ MORE…

Gothenburg offers free bikes for six months to get local population cycling
For all the efforts of bike to work schemes and cycle lanes, it still remains a significant challenge to encourage those who have never biked to ditch their cars. Identifying that much of the problem comes from a reluctance to break an established way of life, alongside a belief that bikes are impractical for certain tasks, the city of Gothenburg in Sweden has launched project Testcyklisterna — offering residents free bikes which they can own for half a year. READ MORE…
Underground fridge goes back to basics to save money and the environment
With all of the smart, connected Internet of Things devices we’ve seen recently, it’s refreshing to see entrepreneurs still drawing inspiration from the simplest and most effective ideas from the past. The eCool, an underground fridge for cooling canned drinks, is one such device. READ MORE…
Skateboard is made of debris trawled from the sea
Humans produce an unfathomable amount of recyclable waste each year, but according to the EPA, some 93 percent of recoverable plastics don’t even make it to a processing plant. On top of this, the oceans often become the final resting place for reusable waste, harming the environment and sealife. In the past, we’ve seen the UK’s Studio Swine use sea debris to create the Sea Chair, and now California’s Bureo Skateboards is working with the Chilean government to create Minnow, a skateboard whose deck is made entirely from abandoned fishing nets from the country’s coastline. READ MORE…
Billboard purifies the air with the power of 1,200 trees
Regular readers of Springwise may remember our previous coverage of The University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC) in Peru, which created a billboard that captured airborne humidity and filtered it into drinkable water. The institution has now created another environmentally-friendly advertising hoarding, this time in the form of an air purifying billboard that delivers pollution-free air to the surrounding area. READ MORE…
‘Methane backpacks’ capture cow farts, turn them into green fuel
It’s common knowledge that certain types of organic waste can be harnessed as energy sources, with UK firm 2OC even recently turning huge greaseballs found in the country’s sewers into power for local homes. Now Argentina’s INTA governmental research body has developed cow backpacks that trap the methane they produce in order to turn it into green energy. READ MORE…
Ad agency harness kids’ imagination while teaching them tricks of the trade
Tapping the creativity and oddball imagination of young kids isn’t a new idea, and in the past brands such as Whole Foods have already crowdsourced eco ideas from teenagers. Now the Pets4Pets Project has developed a new ad campaign that consulted children during every step of the process. READ MORE…
Pop-up cycle lanes add safer bike routes to any road
Although painted bicycle lanes are meant to be designated safe areas for cyclists, they can often be full of potholes and ignored by motorists. Hoping to change this, Copenhagenize Flow is a system of modular tiles that enables bike riders to establish a flat cycle lane surface anywhere, on the fly. READ MORE…
Crowdsourcing the sounds of cities’ quiet spots
Finding a place in the city to collect your thoughts and enjoy some quietude is a rare thing. While startups such as Breather are set to open up private spaces for work and relaxation in several US cities, a new project called Stereopublic is hoping to map the ones already there, recruiting citizens to collect the sounds of those spaces. READ MORE…
Bike-powered, modular parks bring spontaneous green spaces to cities
According to recent research, there are now more people in the world living in urban environments than in rural ones. However, it’s not always possible or convenient to enjoy green space in those built-up areas. In order to tackle this problem, Parkcycle is a scheme that enables parks to be spontaneously assembled in any public location. READ MORE…
Attachment gives push bikes electric power
The Ridekick has already provided one way for cyclists to give their bike electric power, and now the UK’s Rubbee provides a more portable solution that can be attached in under a minute. READ MORE…
Through scheme, low-income families exchange compostable rubbish for fresh food
Mexico City’s Mercado du Trueque has already seen residents swap their rubbish for food, and now a similar scheme is launching in New York. Hello Compost wants to encourage composting by offering low-income families credits for fresh produce in return for their organic waste, using gamification as an incentive. READ MORE…
Edible QR codes bring transparency to sushi
We recently saw the Ecuador Ministry of Tourism attach QR codes to its banana to encourage consumers to find out more about the country their food comes from. Aiming to raise awareness about its sustainable fishing practices, the Harney Sushi restaurant includes edible QR codes on its meals. READ MORE…
In Finland, smart waste containers inform collectors when they need emptying
London’s Renew has already used smart trash cans to show relevant information to passersby, but what about waste collectors? The Enevo ONe Collect is a solution that lets authorities know exactly which containers need emptying on their route. READ MORE…
Biodegradable cigarette filter helps clear streets of discarded butts
While Throw & Grow event confetti has ensured that hosts don’t have a guilty conscience about the mess on the floor by having them turn into wildflowers, could this kind of technology be applied to more quotidian littering? Greenbutts is a cigarette filter made of organic material that biodegrades in weeks. READ MORE…