Blog 1801 Sustainable Projects To Know

Get to know: six sus­tainab­le pro­jects hel­ping to make the world a gree­ner place

Sustainability is no longer a "trend" or "fad" but is a very real issue that is taking the forefront in political, social and economic spheres – and these projects are shining light on this development.

In line with the rejec­tion of fast fashion, the rise in vegan-ism and govern­men­tal legis­la­ti­on chan­ging to help pre­vent glo­bal war­ming, sus­tainab­le initia­ti­ves are also expan­ding and gai­ning more traction.

And while sus­taina­bi­li­ty may be a hot poli­ti­cal issue, it also affects the per­so­nal. More and more peop­le are deci­ding to buy clea­ner, gree­ner pro­ducts. Indi­vi­du­als are edu­ca­ting them­sel­ves on the issue and how they can help save the pla­net (Net­flix has a big part to play in this with docu­men­ta­ries such as Black­fi­sh” pro­ving to be very popu­lar). Thanks to the inter­net, it is easier than ever to find out whe­re your clothes and food real­ly come from and to find out about how to join some game-chan­ging cam­pai­gns. Here, we look at six sus­tainab­le pro­jects from across the glo­be that are chan­ging the sus­tainab­le land­s­cape for the best.

Stu­dio Roosegaarde

The brain­child of inno­va­tor and artist Daan Roo­se­gard, this stu­dio crea­tes land­s­capes of the future for a bet­ter world”. Pro­jects such as this smog-free tower in Rot­ter­dam hel­ps puri­fy the air by suck­ing in dir­ty air like a giant vacu­um clea­ner. The tower then fil­ters the air and pumps back out healt­hi­er, smog free air, effec­tively hel­ping to redu­ce air pol­lu­ti­on. The stu­dio has finis­hed several other pro­jects which are being imple­men­ted in various cities: inter­na­tio­nal­ly acc­lai­med works inclu­de WATER­LICHT (a vir­tu­al flood which shows the power of water) and SMART HIGH­WAY (roads that char­ge throughout the day and glow at night).

The Sea­bin Project

Their mis­si­on is simp­le: to help rid the planet’s oce­ans of pol­lu­ti­on. Aiming to get rid of all the plastic pol­lu­ti­on that accu­mu­la­tes in the oce­ans, Sea­bin crea­ted what is essen­ti­al­ly a giant bin for under­wa­ter. The bins are pla­ced in high debris are­as whe­re they suck in water and rub­bish and then fil­ter the water back out, lea­ving the rub­bish safe­ly insi­de the bin. The catch bag can hold up to 20 Kgs of debris and needs to be main­tai­ned and emp­tied around twice a day. The Sea­bin pro­ject also run a seri­es of work­shops espe­cial­ly for child­ren to teach them how to dis­po­se of rub­bish in an envi­ron­ment­al­ly friend­ly way.


Pre­mie­red at the Ber­lin Fes­ti­val of Lights, this smart street pathway con­verts the kine­tic ener­gy of peo­p­le’s foots­teps into electri­cal ener­gy and data. One footstep pro­du­ces enough ener­gy to light an LED light­bulb for appro­xi­mate­ly 20 seconds. The idea is that even­tual­ly foots­teps could power who­le cities, ren­de­ring out­da­ted and ener­gy con­suming tech­ni­ques obsolete.


As space beco­mes incre­a­singly expen­si­ve, par­ti­cu­lar­ly in den­se­ly popu­la­ted cities and towns, many peop­le are tur­ning to space saving fur­ni­tu­re solu­ti­ons. The­se kinds of fur­ni­tu­re are usual­ly modu­lar, mul­ti-pur­po­se and very cost effec­ti­ve. Think IKEA but way sav­vier. Juust, the Aus­tri­an design stu­dio have come up with a por­ta­ble, light­weight box that com­bi­nes a bed, table, bike, chair and sto­rage shelving.

Honey­bee Conservancy

The Honey­bee Con­ser­van­cy is a non-pro­fit orga­niz­a­ti­on that works to help the bees, while incre­a­sing access to orga­nic, sus­tainab­le food in under-ser­ved com­mu­nities. Accord­ing to them, bees are at the heart of our sur­vi­val. One in three bites of food we eat depends ent­i­re­ly on bees – and they are dying out”. We recent­ly part­ne­red with the orga­ni­sa­ti­on to help bring honey­bee hives to two thri­ving urban farms in New York City and to cele­bra­te our com­mit­ment to using sus­tainab­le mate­ri­als in pro­ducts and packaging.

Green City Solutions

The second pro­ject on our list that aims to tack­le air pol­lu­ti­on is Green City Solu­ti­ons. Foun­ded in 2014, the com­pa­ny has worked to mer­ge the inno­va­tions in Inter­net of Things (IoT) with plants and gree­n­e­ry. It is now com­mon know­ledge that city dwel­lers breat­hing in pol­lu­t­ed air are more likely to suf­fer from asth­ma, heart dise­a­se and lung can­cer becau­se of the poor qua­li­ty of the air whe­re they live. Their city trees are a plant-based air fil­ter which are as power­ful as 275 nor­mal trees but take up 99 per cent less space.

Hea­der Image via Juust

19 Jan. 2018 · NEUBAU EYEWEAR
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