Reduce waste by recovering value

The Renewal Workshop is an innovative startup that can make clothes and textiles as good as new by repairing them and cleaning them in liquified carbon dioxide. Clothes can be recycled and sheets can get a new home in say, an Airbnb. The Renewal Workshop partners with brands and retailers to renew returned clothes and sheets so they can be resold through online stores. www.renewalworkshop.com

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Red line voting

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Red Line Voting is a new approach to engagement and voting with regard to UK stock market-listed companies. Its purpose is to enable far greater direction from institutional investors in environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG). It’s led by the Association of the Member Nominated Trustees (AMNT). http://redlinevoting.org/what-is-red-line-voting/

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Cool pavements to reduce temperatures

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In Los Angeles, where summer temperatures regularly surpass 38 degrees Celsius, or 100 degrees Fahrenheit, workers are coating streets in special grey treatments in a bid to help reduce the heat. It’s the first major city to test the technology. Normal black asphalt absorbs 80 to 95 per cent of sunlight, while the gray “cool pavement” reflects it – reducing ground temperature and urban street heat. http://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/2106692/los-angeles-coating-roads-reflective-paint-beat-heat?

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Lighter washing machine that reduces CO2 emissions.

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A Nottingham Trent University student has discovered a simple trick to cut the weight of washing machines, making them easier to move and more environmentally friendly. Most washing machines have a 25kg block of concrete near the top to hold the machine steady during a spin cycle. This significantly adds to the weight of the appliance. Much CO2 is released during the production of concrete and more is released by gas powered transport vehicles. This simple change would replace the heavy concrete counterweight with an empty plastic container that is filled with water when the washing machine is installed. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/08/04/students-simple-washing-machine-idea-could-save-thousands-tonnes

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A blanket that reduces stress and helps you sleep

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The Gravity Blanket is engineered to be 10% of your body weight to naturally reduce stress and increase relaxation. It promises to increase serotonin and melatonin levels and decrease cortisol levels—improving your mood and promoting restful sleep at the same time. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1620645203/gravity-the-weighted-blanket-for-sleep-stress-and

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A deposit return scheme that reduces littering

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A deposit return scheme that experts say drastically reduces the number of plastic bottles and cans littering streets and seas is being introduced around the world. The idea has the backing of global drinks company Coca-Cola and comes amid warnings that the worldwide plastics binge poses as serious a threat as climate change. South Australia introduced container deposit legislation in 1977! https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/04/tackle-uk-plastic-bottle-problem-with-money-back-scheme-ministers-told?

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Solar powered trucks

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Canadian Solar, one of the world’s largest solar power companies, has acquired a minority equity interest in eNow, a U.S. company specializing in solar-based energy management system for the commercial transportation industry. The investment will accelerate the expansion and growth of photovoltaic (PV) based mobile energy solutions which will reduce transportation fuel costs while making a significant impact in cutting vehicle emissions in the commercial transportation industry. http://investors.canadiansolar.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=196781&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2272206

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A solar powered machine that recycles waste into tiles

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This Trashpresso machine holds a complete mobile waste recycling plant capable of upcycling plastic and fabric waste into architectural tiles. A key element is the solar panels on its exterior, which means that it doesn’t require access to the grid or a generator to produce enough electricity for the waste upcycling processes. Another is its size that allows it to be moved nearly anywhere a tractor trailer can reach, including remote locations. https://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-product-design/solar-powered-trashpresso-converts-plastic-and-fabric-waste-floor-tiles.html

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A solar powered boat in the Amazon

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This new boat will be used by the Achuar people within their territory of Ecuador and Peru which remains roadless and pristine. Walking and canoes that use gasoline are the main means of transportation for the Achuar. But their territory has a vast network of rivers and tributaries, and plenty of sun, meaning that an environmentally-friendly alternative to the gas boats – which do not reflect the Achuar’s commitment to protect their rainforest home – is now possible. https://www.pachamama.org/news/the-achuar-will-have-a-network-of-boats-and-solar-recharge-stations-in-their-rivers

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Eco-friendly solar-powered home… that floats!

Eco-friendly solar-powered home… that floats!

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