Today’s Solutions: June 16, 2024

Cooling system made of bamboo in Vietnam

Cooling bamboo system is a green alternative to air conditioning

As is happening all over the planet, the number of sweltering days affecting people each year in Vietnam has grown significantly in recent years as a result of climate change. Using air conditioning may help reduce people’s exposure to life-threatening hot temperatures. The problem is, always Read More...

Ancient looking street corridor in a citadel

This beautiful eco-school protects students from harsh desert heat

In the north-western Indian city of Jaisalmer, female literacy ranks below 40 percent. The staff at a new, sustainable school located in the nearby Thar desert, aims to change that. Students in the region often have to brave scorching temperatures of 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) to Read More...

Wine silos transformed into housing in Amsterdam

Architects transform old wine silos into apartments to minimize resources

Breathing new life into old things is one of the best ways we humans can reduce the number of resources extracted from the environment. A new development in Amsterdam did just that by creatively repurposing former industrial wine silos into residential buildings. Beyond reusing the obsolete silos, Read More...

Homeowner taking care of her plants in the kitchen

5 small changes to make your home feel fresh and comforting

These days our homes are more integral in our lives than ever. They serve as spaces of work, play, and rest. If you’re getting a bit tired of looking at your own walls, here are some tips from interior designers on simple ways to spruce up your home. 1. Open up your pantry Glass-fronted or Read More...

Torn pieces of textiles floating in the air

Designers turn unrecyclable clothes into high-quality textiles

One of the biggest environmental concerns regarding textiles is that most of them are difficult to recycle once they reach the end of their use. This is because these materials typically contain a variety of types of fibers, quality levels, and colors, which makes sorting difficult on an industrial Read More...

Luthier holding violin made from vegan materials

Using berries and pears to create the world’s first ‘vegan violin’

An Irish master violin luthier has unveiled a set of violins that are made from 100 percent plant-based products. The animal-free violins are the first in the world to be registered with The Vegan Society’s Vegan Trademark. What makes traditional violins non-vegan? Currently, most violins Read More...

These sleek pieces of furnitur

These sleek pieces of furniture are mainly made from seagrass

From capturing greenhouse gases to removing plastic waste from our oceans, seagrass has proved itself an invaluable ally in our fight against some of today’s most pressing environmental concerns. Now, the underwater plant is making its way into furniture design in a bid to enhance the Read More...

These bike garages in Denmark

These bike garages in Denmark are made from recycled wind turbine blades

While wind turbines play an important role in our transition towards a post-carbon world, they do pose a few environmental concerns. For example, most of the wind turbines operating today have a lifespan of about 20 years, which means that a large number of these gigantic pieces of machinery will Read More...

Understanding fish fins could

Understanding fish fins could yield more efficient airplane wings

Last week we wrote about how studying elephant trunks is helping scientists build more versatile robotics. Now, a group of researchers from the University of Colorado at Boulder has cracked the code on fish fins in the hopes that it will inspire similar design innovations. Fin structure Fish fins Read More...

Amsterdam unveils the world’

Amsterdam unveils the world’s first 3D printed steel bridge

After two years of waiting, Amsterdam is now home to the world’s first 3D-printed steel bridge. Designed by architecture firm MX3D, the bridge lays over one of the capital’s oldest canals, in the Red Light District. The eye-catching, futuristic bridge boasts hidden sensors that gather data on Read More...