5 Eco Innovations - October 2014

07 Oct 2014|Added Value

BFG-oct 1Donate your excess calories to the hungry
FoodTweeks, the mobile app that encourages users to cut excess calories and give them to hungry families in their community, continues to expand its nationwide network of local food bank partners. Users of the app select the item of food they are about to eat, and then the app makes suggested “tweeks” to help you cut out calories you don’t need e.g. no cheese on your burger. An average of 65 calories is saved per tweek, which then translates to food for the hungry at your local food bank. Read more here…

 

BFG-oct 2.jpgCoffee Wastewater powering villages
The Coffee Wastewater project certified by UTZ is treating wastewater from coffee production and turning it into energy to power local villages. This initiative differs from previous projects in its scale and ambition, and aims to reduce the impact of toxic wastewater which can contaminate water resources and impact negatively on the environment. Following successful implementation in Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala, there are plans to roll this out in more countries. Read more here…

 

BFG-oct 3Garbage cans that talk
Finnish company Enevo has created a sensor that notifies sanitation departments when your garbage can is about to get full so they can come and collect it. This device cuts fuel waste as trucks no longer need to stop outside every building and can instead plan their route more efficiently. Some of their pilot programs have resulted in fuel cost savings of up to 40%. Read more here…

 

BFG-oct 4A house or a power plant?
Architecture firm Snohetta has built a house in Norway that generates twice as much energy as it needs, with excess energy available to power an electric car, heat a swimming pool or even another home. Commissioned by ZEB, the Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings, the experimental house will be used to test different energy saving technologies to further optimize and drive efficiencies. Similar homes are now planned for a new development in Bergen and the goal is to build approximately 800. Read more here…

 

BFG-oct 5The power of connectivity encourages blood donations
Azerbaijani telco Nar has created a useful tool for exchanging battery power between phones as part of a CSR project. Nar, with Y&R Moscow, developed a bracelet that, when unclipped, connects two mobile phones together to let one donate battery power to the other. The bracelet formed the center of The Donor Cable Project, which aimed to increase blood donations in Azerbaijan. Nar partnered with a national blood bank and for a month gave away its bracelets to everyone who bought an Android smartphone from its stores. The agency reports that following the campaign blood donation rates increased by 335%. Read more here…

 

Image source: FoodTweeks, UTZ, Enevo, Snohetta, Nar

 

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