These Eco-Friendly Inventions Will Change Your Life
There’s no doubt that when it comes to reducing our environmental footprint, there's still a long way to go. In fact, this year’s Earth Day is on the tail of the hottest 11 months on record around the world. And people are taking action: Today up to 155 countries have committed to sign the Paris Agreement, a climate change deal with the goal of slowing down global warming by restricting greenhouse gas emissions. To follow suit, an increasing number of big businesses are heralding change and bringing eco-friendly products to the masses. Case in point: Furniture mega-brand IKEA has announced a new sustainable home décor line to help us “live a little kinder” while food services like Kore Kitchen make eating responsibly sourced food a little bit easier. So, what does a greener future look like? We’ve found five genius inventions that could revolutionize our lives and environmental impact in the future. Here’s a glimpse at what’s to come…
Using a plastic fork every time you get takeout might seem innocent enough, but according to research, your habit has a serious consequence. Shocking fact: Every year, Americans throw away enough disposable cutlery to circle the world 300 times. To solve the problem, Indian scientist and founder of Bakey’s Foods, Narayana Peesapaty, created edible spoons. Let us pause here for effect while that sinks in. Available in sweet, savory, or unflavored varieties, the spoons are made from rice, wheat, and water, so that after you've used them to consumer your meal, you can finish off the cutlery as well. They have a shelf life of three years, and decompose after four days if used but not eaten. You may never have to do the dishes again.
The team at Skipping Rocks Lab has created a genius solution to the world’s mounting plastic bottle crisis. Ooho! is a thin, translucent seaweed sleeve that can hold liquid. It’s completely biodegradable and can be eaten, too. This little ball is said to be durable enough to not tear unless you want to break into it. Their goal? To eliminate the use of plastic bottles altogether.
Precious Plastic, a series of automated machines that turn plastic into household items, could well change the way you recycle and decorate your home. The creator is Dutch designer Dave Hakkens, the man behind Phonebloks, which inspired Google’s modular phone. Aimed to make plastic recycling more accessible, the machines shared waste then melt and mold the pieces into usable items, including geometric tumblers and nest-like pendant lights.
You might not have given much thought to a discarded toothbrush or floss harp, but Earth-conscious company Goodwell points out that those plastic items go straight into a landfill. Their latest invention, GoodFloss, takes the guilt out of one-use harps. The smart design is made from a blend of biodegradable material and comes in a set of four, which is the same size and shape as a credit card so it fits in your wallet to floss on the go.
If you thought air pollution was only an outdoor or big city issue, a Harvard study proves that assumption is wrong. Researchers found that the carbon dioxide levels inside buildings pose a real threat and impact our ability to concentrate and make decisions. Enter AgroSci, a company that creates green walls of living, thriving plants to cleanse the air of pollutants and naturally reduce noise and heat. The company has a patent-pending system that magnifies the purifying ability of plants and claims that a 300-plant wall has the cleaning capacity of 60,000 house plants.
Looking for more eco-friendly products? Shop our edit of the best green gifts.