#Viable Alternatives

Lumkani-fire-detection
Reduce waste

Lumkani Fire Alarm

The Lumkani fire detector is a heat detector which is not sensitive to smoke.  This device rates the rise of temperature. In dense informal settlements,

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Power of Compost Worms
Ecology

The Power of Compost Worms

Compost worms primarily consist of  red wiggler / tiger, African nightcrawler, Indian blue and Brandling.  These worms are powerful allies to organic farmers.  They assist

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paint
Reduce waste

Environmentally Friendly Paints

Three environmentally friendly and sustainable methods of producing paints. From recycling old latex paints, to the production of paints using windmills and linseed.  Finally the

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Algae
Ecology

Algal Bloom to Algae as Fuel

Algae is a term used to describe a wide variety of aquatic photosynthetic organisms. This includes both macroscopic, multicellular organisms (seaweed) and microscopic, unicellular organisms

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Makoko Floating System
Construction

Makoko Floating System

The Makoko Floating School was an idea inspired by the bustling water community of Makoko in Lagos, Nigeria.  Kunlé Adeyemi completed the pilot project in

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Arsenic labels - Viable Alternativenergy
Ecology

Arsenic in Groundwater

Groundwater and soil contaminated with arsenic affects millions of people worldwide.  When arsenic makes its way into drinking water, crops and meats. The bioaccumulation of

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Bottle light
Energy

Bottle Light

In 2002 Brazilian mechanic Alfredo Moser invented a way of illuminating his workshop without using electricity.  He used a plastic bottle filled with water and

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Toys from Cardboard Box
Reduce waste

Toys from Cardboard Boxes

A father from Henan, a central province in China makes toys using low cost materials. Using cardboard boxes, bottles, wood skewers, elastic bands, bottle caps, marbles

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precious plastic
Plastics

Precious Plastic

Precious Plastic is an open source platform that shares their findings on how to solve plastic pollution. This project was created by Dave Hakkens from

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Hydrogen train
Electric

Train Powered by Hydrogen

The Coradia iLint is the first passenger train powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.  The train was by designed by Alstom teams in Salzgitter, Germany

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Reforestation
Ecology

Reforestation – Land Life

Fires, drought and harsh weather conditions cause damage to millions of hectares of land every year. Reforestation techniques are essential to combat this problem. Land

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Mouldable glue Sugru
Re-use

Mouldable Glue – Sugru

Sugru is a tool that helps to strengthen the reuse step of the European waste hierarchy.  The five steps are “Prevention, Reuse, Recycle, Recovery and

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Underwater garden
Ecology

Nemo’s Garden – Noli Italy

Nemo’s Underwater Garden is an eco-friendly and self-sustainable biosphere. It harnesses renewable energy from the sun and freshwater gained by the desalination of seawater. Temperature

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App Detects Mosquito
Ecology

App Detects Mosquito

Over 700,000 people die from mosquito-borne diseases every year. There are over 3,500 species of mosquitoes. Dengue fever, chikungunya, yellow fever and Zika are all

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Library of Things
Re-use

A Library of Things

Share Shed – a “library of things”.  A place where you can borrow useful items like: sewing machines, household appliances, camping, gardening and sporting equipment

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Paper
Ecology

Paper Made of …

Imagine paper that is tear resistant, water resistant, bleach and acid free, bright white in colour and no trees were harmed to make this paper.  

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Zai pit Sahel Sorghum
Ecology

Zai Pit System

Zai Pits are a longstanding and well-documented tradition in the Sahel region, specifically in the north of Burkina Faso.  Zai Pit System are “planting pockets”

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Solektra Solar
Energy

Solektra

Solektra provide various effective solutions for rural communities across Africa. Their projects include lighting through solar power, clean water and an academy.  Comprising Akon Lighting

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Smartflower solar
Energy

Smart Flower- Solar

Smart Flower is solar technology from a natural design prospective.  Mimicking the heliotropic properties of the sunflower. It tracks the movement of the sun throughout

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O-Wind Dandelion
Energy

O-Wind Turbine

The O-Wind multidirectional turbine spins on a single axis but can harness gusts coming from any direction. The turbine mechanical motion makes use of Bernoulli’s principle. It

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toothpaste single serving
Prevention

Bite Toothpaste

Bite, brush and repeat.  An environmentally friendly alternative to plastic toothpaste tubes.  They make this toothpaste pill from natural ingredients.  Additionally, all the packaging is

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Ducks
Ecology

Rice and Duck Farming

A symbiotic and sustainable method to combine farming and animal husbandry. The ducks eat insects that are destroying the rice and then fertilize the crop

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Seal Iceland
Ecology

Hair for Oil Spills

Hair, fur and fleece clippings donated to matteroftrust.org are used to soak up major oil spills. Also, help keep storm drains and waterways clean. Watch

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shark deterrent
Ecology

Shark Deterrent

By combining the studies of shark behaviour, shark vision, shark neurology and marine life defence strategies. A fresh approach to the growing understanding of how

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#Viable Alternatives

Lumkani-fire-detection

Lumkani Fire Alarm

The Lumkani fire detector is a heat detector which is not sensitive to smoke.  This device rates the rise of temperature. In dense informal settlements,

Read More »
Power of Compost Worms

The Power of Compost Worms

Compost worms primarily consist of  red wiggler / tiger, African nightcrawler, Indian blue and Brandling.  These worms are powerful allies to organic farmers.  They assist

Read More »
paint

Environmentally Friendly Paints

Three environmentally friendly and sustainable methods of producing paints. From recycling old latex paints, to the production of paints using windmills and linseed.  Finally the

Read More »
Algae

Algal Bloom to Algae as Fuel

Algae is a term used to describe a wide variety of aquatic photosynthetic organisms. This includes both macroscopic, multicellular organisms (seaweed) and microscopic, unicellular organisms

Read More »
Makoko Floating System

Makoko Floating System

The Makoko Floating School was an idea inspired by the bustling water community of Makoko in Lagos, Nigeria.  Kunlé Adeyemi completed the pilot project in

Read More »
Arsenic labels - Viable Alternativenergy

Arsenic in Groundwater

Groundwater and soil contaminated with arsenic affects millions of people worldwide.  When arsenic makes its way into drinking water, crops and meats. The bioaccumulation of

Read More »
Bottle light

Bottle Light

In 2002 Brazilian mechanic Alfredo Moser invented a way of illuminating his workshop without using electricity.  He used a plastic bottle filled with water and

Read More »
Toys from Cardboard Box

Toys from Cardboard Boxes

A father from Henan, a central province in China makes toys using low cost materials. Using cardboard boxes, bottles, wood skewers, elastic bands, bottle caps, marbles

Read More »
precious plastic

Precious Plastic

Precious Plastic is an open source platform that shares their findings on how to solve plastic pollution. This project was created by Dave Hakkens from

Read More »
Reforestation

Reforestation – Land Life

Fires, drought and harsh weather conditions cause damage to millions of hectares of land every year. Reforestation techniques are essential to combat this problem. Land

Read More »
Mouldable glue Sugru

Mouldable Glue – Sugru

Sugru is a tool that helps to strengthen the reuse step of the European waste hierarchy.  The five steps are “Prevention, Reuse, Recycle, Recovery and

Read More »
Underwater garden

Nemo’s Garden – Noli Italy

Nemo’s Underwater Garden is an eco-friendly and self-sustainable biosphere. It harnesses renewable energy from the sun and freshwater gained by the desalination of seawater. Temperature

Read More »
App Detects Mosquito

App Detects Mosquito

Over 700,000 people die from mosquito-borne diseases every year. There are over 3,500 species of mosquitoes. Dengue fever, chikungunya, yellow fever and Zika are all

Read More »
Library of Things

A Library of Things

Share Shed – a “library of things”.  A place where you can borrow useful items like: sewing machines, household appliances, camping, gardening and sporting equipment

Read More »
Paper

Paper Made of …

Imagine paper that is tear resistant, water resistant, bleach and acid free, bright white in colour and no trees were harmed to make this paper.  

Read More »
Zai pit Sahel Sorghum

Zai Pit System

Zai Pits are a longstanding and well-documented tradition in the Sahel region, specifically in the north of Burkina Faso.  Zai Pit System are “planting pockets”

Read More »
Solektra Solar

Solektra

Solektra provide various effective solutions for rural communities across Africa. Their projects include lighting through solar power, clean water and an academy.  Comprising Akon Lighting

Read More »
Smartflower solar

Smart Flower- Solar

Smart Flower is solar technology from a natural design prospective.  Mimicking the heliotropic properties of the sunflower. It tracks the movement of the sun throughout

Read More »
O-Wind Dandelion

O-Wind Turbine

The O-Wind multidirectional turbine spins on a single axis but can harness gusts coming from any direction. The turbine mechanical motion makes use of Bernoulli’s principle. It

Read More »
toothpaste single serving

Bite Toothpaste

Bite, brush and repeat.  An environmentally friendly alternative to plastic toothpaste tubes.  They make this toothpaste pill from natural ingredients.  Additionally, all the packaging is

Read More »
Ducks

Rice and Duck Farming

A symbiotic and sustainable method to combine farming and animal husbandry. The ducks eat insects that are destroying the rice and then fertilize the crop

Read More »
Seal Iceland

Hair for Oil Spills

Hair, fur and fleece clippings donated to matteroftrust.org are used to soak up major oil spills. Also, help keep storm drains and waterways clean. Watch

Read More »
shark deterrent

Shark Deterrent

By combining the studies of shark behaviour, shark vision, shark neurology and marine life defence strategies. A fresh approach to the growing understanding of how

Read More »