Fashion brand Hennes & Mauritz, more popularly known as H&M, may be the world’s second largest garment manufacturer but they’re soon to make a name for themselves among the eco-friendly. The brand is promoting recycling of garments after critics pointed out that the damage being caused by a throwaway culture has been the key influencer in rising clothing sales. The Swedish giant is now launching a line of jeans that contain recycled cotton, in the coming week. The company is also allocating a million Euros as prize money for those who come up with innovative means to innovate and recycle clothing. “No company, fast-fashion or not, can continue exactly like today,” said CEO, Karl-Johan Persson. “The largest potential (of this endeavor) lies with finding new technology that means we can recycle the fibres with unchanged quality.”
What better replacement for a traffic-congested than a serene park with fountains and walkways? Mexico City will soon see the construction of an elevated promenade about the bustling 10-lane road that runs west to east, connecting Chapultepec Park to the city center. The elevation is said to be a treat for pedestrians by offering a beautifully constructed walking path, cafes and even fountains, all flanked by flora of every sort. The path will be named Cultural Corridor Chapultepec and it will give the 16th century street to some beautiful landscaping. Pedestrians can enjoy a walk without bring surrounded by traffic and pollution. Being elevated may even reduce the sound levels.
The new elevation will also bring good cheer to skaters and cyclists who can leverage the beautiful expanse by travelling using their preferred mode of transport. To add to the detailing the expanse will be further divided into thematic zones.
[Via – Inhabitat]
Taking your kid for a stroll would not necessarily be something you would really be stoked about. Not with the global pollution levels reaching new highs. The Air Shield Concept Baby Stroller is something that resolves the problem of polluted air reaching your child. The idea is fairly simple and inspired by a car that recirculates the air within the chamber rather than outside. This is made possible with a special-designed filter that keeps the air void of any impurity or grime that may be harmful for your baby to breathe in. The glass lid also doubles up as a UV ray shield. A speaker within the chamber enables parents to communicate with their child via a speaker. It also comes with a muting feature.
The Tesla Model S has by itself created a category of highly efficient electric vehicles. Among those who have stacked up their offerings to rival Tesla’s claim are the good folk from Aston Martin. The Rapide sedan will soon see an electric version of itself with an impressive 800 horsepower engine, which seemingly overtakes the Model S’ 763 horsepower counterpart. What’s more is that the electric Rapide will offer a drive range of 200 miles, making it a practical and competitive offering in the electric car market. What we project is a car that will be more powerful than the Tesla S and also one that scores better on the luxury scoreboard.
Cochin International Airport in southern India has just become the world’s first airport to be completely powered by solar energy. The airport was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of the state and houses a 12 MWp solar plant. The government has invested 45 acres of land near the cargo complex to install 46,150 solar panels, which will empower the airport with 50,000 to 60,000 units of electricity per day. As per our source, ‘a total of 400 polycrystalline modules of 250Wp with five numbers of 20kW capacity ‘Refu-sol make string inverters’ were used in this plant. It is a grid connected system without any battery storage’. The plants are equipped with a SCADA remote monitoring system.
The “Going Green” initiative has been in existence for quite some time now, and it is finally starting to spark the interest of top industries. Big businesses are starting to consider the environment in their actions and taking necessary steps to curb their footprint. This long overdue consideration for the environment will go a long way in creating a sustainable future and making the world a cleaner place to live. Below are the top industries that are going Green.
A perfect world would be one where we wouldn’t depend on an electric socket to charge our mobile phones. As this is too much of a hypothesis, we can instead focus on creating more charging solutions that use renewable energy sources. Which is why we applaud the becoming of the Candle Charger by Stower. This unique contraption needs only water and a candle to charge smartphones. This amazing idea can save lives and cure anxiety in trying times. The Charger effectively offers 2.5W USB power to charge devices. It employs Peltier cooler or thermoelectric modules to convert temperature gradients to electricity. A single candle can charge a phone for up to six hours, which should ideally cover charging of two batteries. Adam, the co-founder of the company said, “The Candle Charger is an emergency preparedness product, which means that you don’t know that you need it, until you really need it”.
While many vouch for wind energy, the problem with deploying windmills is that they are difficult to port, make a lot of sound and need a lot of place. In a country like Japan that is ravaged by constant natural calamities, it would even be a poor investment decision. Which is why the country is innovating the way they harness power. They have just introduced the world’s largest floating wind turbine, 12 miles off the Fukushima coast. The turbine has been sponsored by the Japanese government and is one of three such government-funded projects. It comprises of a 344-foot tower that can withstand waves of up to 65 feet, thus leaving most tsunamis out of its threat list. Four 20-ton anchors secure the turbines to the sea bed.
President Barrack Obama may have well initiated the nation’s most influential and powerful Climate Action Plan. Called the Clean Power Plan, this strategy will most likely enforce reductions of emissions from power plants by at least 32 percent in the next 25 years. The focus of the initiative will be towards creating renewable energy and is dubbed as the most significant step taken to combat climate change, in the history of the US. This would be the equivalent of taking 166 million cars off the road! States will have until 2022 to meet emission cut requirements. It goes without saying that the plan will not be applicable to all states with the same norms. They may be some concessions and flexibilities that will have to be worked out through the project.
Cleaning up power generation sources has always been the effort of the eco-conscious. The power sector alone accounts for a total of 30 percent of all emissions in the US.
[Via – Inhabitat]
Making beer sure involves a lot of residue that is discarded in the noblest means. But nothing compares to driving cars. The large amount of beer manufactured and consumed in New Zealand leads to plenty of leftover matter that can now serve as a brilliant substitute for fossil fuels, which are depleting soon. The matter is a slurry of yeast that wasn’t used in the fermentation, which can be further distilled and refined to result in the creation of ethanol. This matter, when treated well enough, is good enough to power your vehicle.