Examples of Innovative Solutions
There have already been some amazing, innovative, and effective solutions to some of the issues raised in the prior topics. As you explore an innovative solution for your video submission, we wanted to share a couple examples for you to consider and use as a catalyst for discovery of the problem you wish to solve.
An example of one very creative solution recently developed involves the implementation of aquaponics systems in which the waste produced by farmed fish supplies nutrients for plants grown hydroponically, and in turn purifies the water. This creative solution has been used to impact food and water conservation in a time when feeding the world and water conversation are of extreme importance.
3.4 million people die each year from water related disease unknowingly using unsafe water. The Drinkable Book™, the first-ever manual that provides safe water, sanitation and hygiene education and serves as a tool to kill deadly waterborne diseases by providing the reader with an opportunity to create clean, drinkable water from each page.
In an effort to create an alternative to disposable plastic silverware, a few companies are now beginning to produce edible plasticware (sporks, spoons, forks and knives). You can eat them after finishing your meal. Made of corn, millet, rice and flour, the plasticware are biodegradable and can either be composted or consumed. They are designed to break apart after use to make snacking easier. Created with all organic ingredients, they come in different flavors, and can act as a novel snack or an eco-friendly alternative to petroleum products.
The Oceans have become littered with plastic. The National Geographic has a wonderful explanation of the phenomenon of how ocean currents tend to “collect” all the trash in the oceans in to “patches”. Whales, and other marine animals, have been found dead with plastics (and microplastics) in their stomachs keeping them from processing real food. In 2014, 19-year-old Boyan Slat unveiled the results of the feasibillity study, indicating that we can likely clean our oceans.
New Zealand-based inventor and engineer Peter Lewis wanted to give used plastic a permanent purpose. The company has configured technology to produce blocks with the size and dimensions of common concrete blocks that are designed to suit a wide variety of infrastructure, development, and construction projects.
Characteristics of RePlast Block
- Requires no glues or adhesives for use
- Can contribute to LEED certification for construction and communities
- 95% lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GhG) compared to concrete block
- Very high thermal and acoustic insulation