Social Good Innovations - July 2015

15 Jul 2015|Added Value

SGI-1Growing Health Food in your Livingroom
A new line of photosynthetic furniture with a custom glass bioreactor built-in transforms spirulina (a tiny, edible bacteria) into high protein, super nutritious health food. The system uses waste heat, light, and carbon dioxide within the home to feed the spirulina inside. Just turn a tap, and you get your own home-grown blue-green algae…the stuff sold on health food shelves. You can’t get more local than that! Click here to read more…

 

SGI-2Dyson launches LED bulb that lasts 37 years
LED bulbs don’t run as hot as incandescents, but they still get warm. Cooling LED bulbs effectively has always been one of the major hurdles for manufacturers because, over time, heat degrades the bulbs and shortens their life span. Dyson has taken on this challenge -inventing better cooling technology in the first light that cools LEDs properly, prolonging the bulb’s life to a claimed 37 years. Click here to discover more…

 

SGI-3Sustain Condoms For Greener Sex
Sustain condoms advertise the company’s responsible sourcing of the rubber to make latex, the Fairtrade-certified facility that manufactures those condoms – with no toxic chemicals in the end product – and the company’s donation of 10% of pre-tax profits to women’s health and reproductive services. “If it wasn’t a big challenge, then it wouldn’t be much fun.” So says Jeffrey Hollender, founder of Seventh Generation and current co-founder and CEO of Sustain. Click here for more…

 

SGI-5WYPE – On-demand Car Cleaning
Everybody loves a clean car, but traditional car washes are terribly inconvenient! With WYPE you can easily get your car clean anywhere you are with just a push of a button. Simply choose your car and confirm your vehicle location. Then choose a WYPE package. From immaculate exterior wash only to full complete interior vacuum. Pay securely right from your device. That’s it! Your certified detailer will be on the way to your location and with WYPE’s revolutionary Wireless cleaning process you help to save thirty eight gallons of water while donating one dollar to charity water. That’s convenience; conservation and charity! Click here to discover more…

SGI-4Capturing Carbon, Fueling Growth
We came across LanzaTech at this year’s Sustainable Brands conference. This innovative start up is monetizing carbon in a big way: they have pioneered a technology to convert multiple forms of carbon (from methane to biomass to municiple solid waste) to valuable fuel and chemicals. LanzaTech has an in-house synthetic biology capability which can tailor carbon-converting microbes to create a range of downstream product opportunities. Who says carbon is our nemesis? Click here for more…

 

 

Image source: Jacob Douenias, Dyson, Sustain condoms, WYPE, Lanza tech

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