In Australia, restaurant makes soup out of waste

Half of all edible food gets sent to landfill instead of being eaten — that’s about 2 billion tonnes. We recently wrote about France’s Intermarché supermarket, which is turning ugly fruits and vegetables into sellable soups and juices. Now Brothl is going one step further by using food commonly considered as organic waste on its menu. READ MORE…

Furniture adapts as kids grow older

Kids grow up at a phenomenal rate — both in size and personality, which means that parents can often buy things that become useless within a few months. We’ve already seen designers tackle this problem by creating shoes and even bikes that change as the child does. Now Italy’s Dot and Cross has created a range of furniture pieces that aim to serve kids from birth to teenagehood. READ MORE…

This brick could save Californians 67 million gallons of water a day

California is facing one the worst water droughts in history, and with many towns facing problems with water resources the importance of being thrifty is becoming very clear. We’ve already written about Everydrop LA, the app that enables citizens to report instances of water leakage in the city. Now another project is encouraging Californians to Drop-A-Brick into their toilets to save water and money at home. READ MORE…

Hotel restaurant’s pop-up store lets diners wear what they eat

The hospitality industry is a hotbed of resource waste and unsustainable practices. Bedsheets need washing every night, lights are left on 24/7 for guests coming and going, and leftover food can’t be reused and has to be thrown away. In the past, hotel chains such as UK Marriott have aimed to recycle resources by turning its used bedsheets into the Bed Linen Tote as a memento for customers. Now Marlow Goods has launched a pop-up store at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, which turns meat byproducts from the venue’s restaurant into leather clothes and bags for guests. READ MORE…

In France, supermarket turns ugly fruit and veg into own-brand soups and juices

Food Cowboy locates nearby food banks to take unsellable produce

Every three weeks, the US throws away the same amount of unused produce that is donated to food banks in 12 months. That’s 11 months and 1 week of food that could go to charities, but ends up in landfill instead. Aiming to change this, Food Cowboy is a system that helps those in the food supply chain to find local nonprofits that can use the food they’re throwing away. READ MORE…

Supermarket store is entirely powered by food waste

Supermarkets are one of the worst offenders for food waste — not only do their pricing structures encourage consumers to buy more than they need, but they also throw away perfectly edible goods if they don’t look aesthetically appealing or have gone past their sell by date. While the Department of Sanitation New York has recently introduced a scheme that uses the city’s leftover food to power homes, UK supermarket giant Sainsbury’s has now created the first outlet in the country to be powered solely through food waste. READ MORE…

Urban Death Project wants to make funerals green by turning bodies into compost

Eco burials aren’t a new concept — it’s the more elaborate funerals involving expensive caskets that are the relatively new phenomenon in history — but more people are choosing to consciously avoid wasting resources in the age of climate change. Funeral directors such as the Hippensteel Funeral Service and Crematory in Indiana have been offering natural burials since 2012, with RFID tags to help loved ones locate the unmarked graves. Now the Urban Death Project has designed a new ceremony that respects the dead and celebrates the cycle of life by giving bodies back to the soil. READ MORE…

Single use festival tent is compostable

One of the major problems with festivals is that after the party’s over, hundreds of tons of garbage is leftover and needs clearing up. While we’ve previously seen the disposable Glad Tent double as a trash bag to encourage revelers to clean up after themselves, Netherlands-based Psssh! has now developed One Nights Tent, which is designed as a single use festival tent that can be composted after it’s used. READ MORE…

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…