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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
App rewards homeowners switching off devices when dirty power plants serve their house
Eco-minded consumers are increasingly looking to reduce the ‘dirty’ energy used in their home. In the past, marketplaces like the Netherlands’ Vandebron have handed control over to consumers by letting them decide how local and green they want their energy to be and choose their own suppliers. But now Ohmconnnect is taking a different route by notifying customers of the best times to reduce energy use and offering cash rewards for doing so. READ MORE…
App enables citizens to report water waste in drought regions
Rallying citizens to take a part in looking after the community they live in has become easier thanks to smartphones. In the past, the Creek Watch app has enabled anyone to help monitor their local water quality by sending data back to the state water board. Now Everydrop LA wants to use similar techniques to avoid drought in California, encouraging residents to report incidents of water wastage. READ MORE…
Smartphone-charging exercise desks arrive at Amsterdam Airport
It’s always a pain to have to go hunting for a place to charge your phone, especially if you need to stay put in a particular location. We recently wrote about Soofa, the Boston-based company that’s hoping to place solar phone-charging benches in city parks, and now Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has installed desks that enable passengers to charge their devices through pedal power while they wait for their plane. READ MORE…
Business card doubles as a free train pass for recipients
There’s a famous scene in American Psycho when Patrick Bateman and his colleagues compare business cards. The scene is humorous because business cards are seen as old fashioned in the digital age, but the truth of the matter is that a good one can still make a brand or client memorable. The Kokopelli hostel in Peru recently embedded its business cards with altitude sickness-curing medicine to help backpackers remember it’s name. Now the Russian arm of Greenpeace has created EcoCard, a business card that’s getting more people to use public transport by combining contact details with free train rides. READ MORE…
Eco shower device turns waste hot water into an energy source
Smart devices are already helping homeowners to monitor their resource usage and reduce utility bills, with products like Sprāv focusing particularly on tracking how much water is used in the shower. However, such devices typically only inform and don’t offer practical solutions. Ecodrain is an easy-to-install drain that heats cold water using the hot water going down the plug hole. READ MORE…
App helps users find local fruit and veg that just turned ripe
Supermarket groceries spend weeks or even months being stored and transported before arriving on the shelf, and they’re often picked well before they’re ripe because of this. Companies such as FreshRealm have aimed to improve on this, promising food from farm to table in around two days by directly connecting individual producers and consumers through the US postal system. Now a platform from Australia called RipeNearMe is enabling local growers to share their excess fruit and vegetables, notifying neighbors when the best time to pick up the produce in its prime. READ MORE…
Sports pitch turns into a giant solar panel when not in use
Public facilities are often developed with one purpose in mind, but with a bit of innovative thinking, they can be designed to change their form in different situations. Sports venues are particularly suited to this — many stadiums are already capable of hosting multiple different events. Now the Netherlands has opened the first Cablean Sportveld, a multi-surface field that can be turned into a sports pitch, an advertisement, or a solar farm at the push of a button. 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…
Coffee cup sharing in NY aims to cut paper waste
New Yorkers alone throw away around 7 million paper coffee cups every day, which is why there have been plenty of recent efforts to get consumers to either recycle or avoid using them. Products such as KeepCup — which encourage coffee lovers to use their own drinking containers — have been around since 2009, but now a new scheme called Good To Go aims to introduce a Citi Bike-style cup rental system for New York’s cafés and bistros. READ MORE…
Locally-farmed meat boxes helps consumers better connect with the food they eat
Supermarkets are convenient for the consumer, but rely on a complicated supply chain and often sell food that has travelled for hundreds or thousands of miles before it lands on shoppers’ plates. We recently wrote about FreshRealm, which is using USPS to cut out the middleman and get food to consumers straight from the farm, and now a new enterprise called AgLocal is delivering meat packages from customers’ local farms, along with information that lets them know more about what they’re eating. READ MORE…
Site lets consumers trade green behavior for eco products
In order to swap their typical routine for one that’s good for the environment, consumers often need motivation — a principle seen in schemes at venues such as theCharles Hotel in Massachusetts, which rewards guests for taking green transportation to get there. Now Recyclebank has launched One Twine, an online shop where members of its green rewards scheme can buy eco-friendly items with the points they’ve collected. 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…
Turtle Taxis enable passengers to take it slow
Taxis typically pride themselves on getting their customers from A to B as efficiently as possible, but not all customers require the quickest journey. In the past we’ve seen the UK’s Kabuto Noodles offer free cab rides to hungover commuters, and now Japan’s Turtle Taxi gives passengers the option to ride slowly to enjoy a more relaxing journey while also helping the environment. READ MORE…
In India, micro-business units let entrepreneurs develop and market green products from their home
Helping to foster grassroots business is one way that emerging economies are helping all corners of society to contribute to their growing GDPs. While Brazil’s Eu que Fiz scheme has traveled to women in favelas to train them in food business management, a new initiative from India-based social venture Innovation eXperience is offering entrepreneurs kitted-out workstations to create eco electronic products, as well as the training and finance to market them. READ MORE…