News-in-Transition

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

 - To eliminate food-packaging waste before it even gets into the shopping cart is the success behind Original Unvertpackt, a new supermarket in Germany that takes things into zero-waste territory by encouraging consumers to tote reusable containers to the store.

Nothing that comes in a disposable box, bag, jar, or other container is sold at this store.

And instead of shelf after shelf of boxed items, this supermarket utilizes bulk bins, attractively displayed produce that’s not shrink wrapped or stored in tetra packs, and beverage stations for refillable water bottles.

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25 August 2014

 - Scientists at Michigan State University announced this week the creation of a “transparent luminescent solar concentrator” that could turn windows and even cellphone screens into solar-power generators.

This technology could mean that one day entire skyscrapers might be able to generate solar power without blocking out light or ruining tenants' views.

The material works by absorbing light in the invisible spectrum (ultraviolet and near infrared) and then re-emitting it in the infrared. The infrared light is then channeled to the edge of the clear surface, where thin strips of photovoltaic cells generate the power.

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11 April 2014

- Designer Arturo Vittori says his invention can provide remote villages with more than 25 gallons of clean drinking water per day.

At first glance, the 30-foot-tall, vase-shaped Warka towers, named after a fig tree native to Ethiopia, have the look and feel of a showy art installation. But every detail, from carefully-placed curves to unique materials, has a functional purpose and is designed to take advantage of condensation.

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30 March 2014

 - There is a cheap and easy way for any community in the developed or underdeveloped world to purify their water. The peels of some of the most widely consumed fruits in the world are remarkably efficient at absorbing a wide variety of harmful pollutants, including heavy metals, and they can be transformed into effective water filters with only minor preparation.

Minced banana peels, for example, can be used repeatedly to purify water contaminated by industrial plants and farms — up to 11 times — and still be effective.

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15 August 2012

- What happened to a simple time and place? How did we become so at risk for losing the life and skills of sustainability?

Can we go back?

I believe the answer is yes! But in order for this to happen we must realize… 

“Home is where the great change will begin. It is not where it ends.”

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23 May 2012

 - A list of ways to stay connected to the outside world, which could become a life and death issue, in the event access to the internet is shut down.

Editor’s Note: Beyond the government shutting down the Internet, many more events can cut off internet access to millions such as natural disasters and cyber attacks. In such situations, being able to communicate with the outside world could become a matter of life and death. For that reason, be sure to print this out and save a hard copy because if your Internet does go down you are not going to be able to access this story.

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liter-of-light-2Many of the world's poor live in dark houses without electricity or without the money to pay for lighting. A Liter of Light, a project by Myshelter Foundations aims to change all that and recycle waste in the process. They plan to bring sustainable lighting to the poor in the Philippines using one-liter bottles of water embedded in roofs, with a goal to light a million homes by 2012.

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