World Environment Day: 5 Innovations That Can Help Save The Planet

Sometimes reading about the state of the environment can feel a bit bleak, that we forget that there are so many incredible projects around making progress, with a collective mission to save the planet. I wanted to share 5 amazing innovations I've come across to remind us all that there is hope afterall. Happy World Environment Day!

1. The Floating Rubbish Bin

Pete Ceglinski and Andrew Turto from Australia have started to go about cleaning up the waters of marinas, private pontoons, inland waterways, residential lakes, harbours, waterways, ports and yacht clubs with their amazing invention, The Seabin. The Seabin runs automatically 24/7. The bin stays on the water’s surface but is connected to a dock via a water pump. Water then gets sucked into the Seabin, carrying floating debris and litter inside. The waste gets caught inside a net and the water flows back out into the ocean once its been cleaned. 

2. Transparent Solar Panels

The chemical engineering and material sciences team at Michigan State University have invented a see-through solar concentrator that can turn any sheet of glass - windows, phones, computers - into a photovoltaic solar cell. Great news for the divestment away from fossil fuels! Read more about Ubiquitous Energy here


3. The Water Collector

More than 700 million people lack access to clean drinking water - a resource that's crucial to our survival and a right that we are ALL entitled to. The WaterSeer could solve this issue - without the need for electricity, labour, or causing damage to the environment, the device extracts water from the atmosphere through a condensation process, and has the capacity to collect up to 37 litres of water a day.


3. Mushroom Packaging

Mushrooms are about to take over styrofoam - a petroleum based product that is incredibly harmful to the planet. Mycofoam is renewable, biobased, and better yet, 100% compostable, meaning it can go back into the earth at no cost to the planet's health. 


4. Pineapple Leather

Ananas Anam has developed a natural and sustainable non-woven textile called Piñatex that's made from pineapple leaf fibres, the by-product of the pineapple harvest. No extra land, water, fertilisers or pesticides are required to produce them, and instead the product has provided farmers with an additional source of income. I'll take a pair of pineapple trainers over wearing animal skin on my feet any day! 


5. The Food Waste Energy Converter

Homebiogas turns your food waste into cooking gas by hooking the device from where you would have your composter, up to your stove’s gas supply, creating your own clean energy and putting the waste that would otherwise end up in landfills to good use.