How Sustainable Technology Is Helping Towards A Greener Future

3 May 2022| Post by Tom5 minutes

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Can technology help our collective mission for sustainability? We explore the recent innovations that do exactly that!

What is Sustainable Technology?

Sustainable technology describes innovations that utilise natural or renewable resources and put social development at the forefront. Over the past decade we have seen many tech innovations specifically designed to remedy environmental issues as we move towards a more circular economy.

We take a look at some examples of sustainable technology and the impact they have…

FairPhone

Back in 2013, FairPhone launched their movement for fairer electronics. After realising that the smartphone’s journey is filled with unfair practices, the founder set about developing a new phone designed to be more sustainable; both environmentally and socially. FairPhone is shaking up the industry by creating products that last, reducing e-waste, choosing fairer materials and putting people first.

KesselsKramer FairPhone Ad

They are authentic and transparent with their approach (if you’ve read our previous blog post, you’ll understand the importance of this) and share their findings in a bid to set new standards for the electronics industry! One way they are doing this is via an interactive map which traces the supply chain; from raw material suppliers to manufacturers, you can see exactly how your new phone came to being. And we think that’s rather cool!

Parley for the Oceans

Parley for the Oceans is a collaborative project that addresses major threats to the planet’s Oceans.

“We need to defend diversity on land and in the sea and we need solutions, and these solutions can only be realised by harnessing the imaginative side of human culture – the arts.”

The project intends to avoid plastic wherever possible, intercept plastic waste and redesign the material itself. Notable brands such as Adidas and Dior have already collaborated with the organisation and utilised textile technology to incorporate up-cycled marine plastic debris to produce high-fashion shoes and clothing.

The most recent tech innovation from the organisation is the Parley Blueprint Module which has been dubbed the end-to-end solution for plastic waste on remote islands and regions. Showcased at COP26, the new tech hopes to empower local communities across the globe and provide the tools to transform plastic pollution into economic and business opportunities.

Parley For The Ocean Air Station Technology

Pela Lomi Composter

In a bid to reduce food waste, Pela have developed some great technology to speed up the composting process. Utilising heat, abrasion and Oxygen, the new tech transforms leftovers (and other biodegradable objects) into nutrient-rich compost, without those pesky smells! Making composting a much more appealing process to carry out.

Considering only 4.1% of food waste is currently composted, (meaning that the rest is going to landfill) technology that makes composting a breeze is crucial to moving towards a circular economy.

Pela Lomi Composter

Smog Free Project

Can you imagine enjoying clean air parks within busy city centres? With the new Smog Free Project, we no longer need to dream of the day we can breathe in good old clean air! The project aims to reduce air pollution and acts as a source of inspiration for a clean future. The innovative Smog Free Tower uses patented ionisation technology to produce clean air in public places. The 7 meter tall tower uses only 1170 watts of green electricity and can provide clean air for 104,000 people every day!

Project founder, Daan Roosegaarde believes that “true beauty is not a Louis Vuitton bag or a Ferrari, but clean air and clean energy.” And you know what? We’d have to agree!

Smog Free Project Tower In Park

Electric Vehicles

In recent years, electric vehicles have become one of the most widely adopted forms of sustainable technology. Unlike traditional petrol and diesel cars, electric cars don’t emit C02 emissions whilst driving, therefore they don’t contribute to air pollution during use. With brands such as Tesla, Volkswagen and Audi all taking a punt at developing the best electric vehicles, it’s no doubt that we’re seeing a lot of growth in this industry.

One of the most exciting innovations in this space is wireless charging; whether via charging-roads that charge your vehicle whilst driving or via static wireless car parking spaces, there’s an abundance of opportunity for the electric car industry to grow.

Tesla Driving on Road

But how sustainable are electric cars? Whilst they don’t contribute to air pollution during use, the energy used to power their batteries often doesn’t come from renewable sources. We’ve come a long way when it comes to electric vehicle technology but it’s safe to say there’s still a long way to go!

VEGANBOTTLE

Made from sugar-cane, VEGANBOTTLE is an innovative and eco-friendly collection of packaging. Developed to reduce plastic pollution and to prevent endocrine disruptors from infiltrating our water and other food and drinks. The material is just as strong and durable as the usual polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles and packaging, but without the pollution and toxicity – seems like a win win to us!

Veganbottle

It’s clear that we have to be grateful for the technology that enables these significant innovations, set to improve the sustainability of our everyday lives. Without them, we would see increasing pollution and greenhouse gases.

It’s also apparent that there’s still a long way to go but as they say, every little helps! We know we’ll be doing our upmost to utilise new technological advancements that pave the way for a more sustainable future.

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