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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
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…
Honda creates bottled water brand using hydrogen from its cars’ emissions
The world’s water crisis continues to worsen, while air pollution levels continue to do the same. We’ve seen admirable efforts looking to tackle both issues here at Springwise in the past, but this latest idea from Honda is the first we’ve seen that aims to address both simultaneously. READ MORE…

Bottle caps keep consumers healthy, help them make new friends
Bottle caps are typically fairly innocuous objects — we usually throw them away and forget about them. But they can become more useful with a bit of design ingenuity, as Clever Caps‘ Lego-block bottle tops proved. Now, two more campaigns have aimed to bring another dimension to plastic caps, helping consumers to drink more water and even make new friends. READ MORE…
Book that teaches safe water habits doubles as a water filter
Lack of access to clean water is a massive global problem, especially because many of those affected end up drinking unsafe water and don’t realize it’s bad for them. The University of Virginia has previously made efforts to help with its PureMadi filter, which can be made from raw materials by the communities that use them. Now researchers at the institution are involved in the creation of The Drinkable Book, a manual that contains details of how to avoid unsafe water, with pages that can also be used to kill waterborne diseases. READ MORE…
This edible water blob could replace plastic bottles
Plastic water bottles have long been recognized as a big problem for the environment, so much so that San Francisco recently banned the sale of bottled water on city property. But a new invention from a group of UK students could offer a solution. Ooho! is a spherical membrane for carrying water, which can be eaten when it’s finished with. READ MORE…
Mobile sauna enables surfers to brave freezing temperatures
While many surfers might make use of innovations such as Spain’s Spotfav — which uses crowdsourced webcam feeds to let users check the weather at the beach before they head there — some surfers are more than willing to catch a wave in the middle of the winter. Now, those surfers can avoid suffering the cold for longer than they have to with the customizable Surf Sauna, a heated cabin that can be transported to any beach. READ MORE…
These water bottles can be mailed to a recycling plant for free
Bottles water has become an environmental concern over the past couple of decades, even leading to organizations such as Ban The Bottle. While an outright ban is unlikely to materialize any time soon, a new startup called Treeson Spring Water is aiming to make its bottles as eco as possible, including a free mail-back system to ensure they get recycled. READ MORE…
Public urinals harness pee to grow food
How much use is a city-load of urine? Quite a lot, it turns out. So much so that the Netherlands’ Waternet utilities company has placed some pee-collecting urinals in Amsterdam, with the hope of turning it into fertilizer for the city’s urban roof gardens. READ MORE…
Modular boat is for both work and pleasure
Vehicles are usually designed to serve a particular purpose, with different functions calling for completely new designs. While in the past we’ve seen the hybrid Sealander caravan work on both land and water, the Ethos E30 modular boat can be reconfigured for different purposes, from tour boat, to fishing trawler to a family cruiser. READ MORE…
App promises clean water for kids in need when users simply ignore their phone
We’ve already seen how smartphones can be leveraged to aid global causes such as cancer research with Samsung’s Power Sleep app. Now UNICEF is challenging smartphone users to make a difference by ignoring their devices through the Tap Project app, which helps provide a day’s worth of clean water to children in need for every ten minutes users refrain from touching their phone. READ MORE…
Smart device lets anglers catch fish with their smartphone
You may think that monitoring the locations of fish is a job for marine scientists with lots of technical equipment, but the process is becoming much easier. In recent weeks we’ve even seen efforts from a coastal safety charity track sharks so that they tweet when they near the beach. Now FishHunter Sonar is bringing even the time-old art of angling into the 21st century, enabling users to increase their haul by locating fish on their smartphone. READ MORE…
Multi-use city square built to collect floodwater
Thanks to its proximity to the sea, the flat nature of its topography and high levels of precipitation, the Netherlands is a country that is prone to flooding. When rainfall hits cities such as Rotterdam, it can cause closed roads and ruined basements due to the lack of drainage. Aiming to tackle this problem, Watersquare Benthemplein is a public space featuring a sports pitch, theater and greenery that automatically becomes a reservoir for excess water during heavy rain. READ MORE…
This headband could stop kids from drowning
Parents often find themselves stuck in a bind between letting their children have fun by themselves and making sure they’re not in trouble. Technology such RFID has been used before on farms — the Where Abouts system for example lets kids explore and notifies farmers if one has strayed too far. Now the iSwimband is a device that warns parents if their child is underneath the water for too long. READ MORE…
Bottle turns water into germ-killing ozone
Chlorine is a common substance used by catering facilities to ensure their surfaces are left clean, but it often comes with side effects of a nasty odor and residue. Eco3Spray is a new handheld device that creates ozone out of regular tap water, helping to fight bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella. READ MORE…
Park bench doubles as a water reservoir
Places such as Mumbai in India are famous for the amount of rainfall they experience in monsoon season. This natural downpour usually renders public furniture such as park benches useless as residents escape the rain. The Water Bench is a Dutch-Chinese innovation that puts the furniture to work during heavy rain, collecting rainwater to irrigate the parks they sit in during drier spells. READ MORE…