Environment! We hear this world almost regularly. However, in our everyday life, we forget all about it. It only comes to mind when it directly affects us. There are hundreds of ways of going eco-friendly. These include ways such as using Eco-friendly make-up products and using paper bags instead of plastic carry bags. Other ways include carpooling, use of Eco-friendly automobiles, reducing the excessive use of fossil fuels like petrol and coal, and reducing the use of synthetic materials. If we employ them, they might not prove enough. Keeping this in mind, scientists like Peter Lewis are coming with useful innovations like The Byfusion machine.
We have already seen many interesting uses of recycled plastic, but none so brilliant. Peter Lewis transforms waste plastic into bricks that can potentially be used for building garden retaining walls, landscaping walls and shelters for hurricane and tsunami struck areas in the Pacific Islands. This ingenious inventor has developed a machine called Byfusion, which can turn anything from drink bottles to meat packaging into blocks.
His 8-year-old prototype at the Green Island landfill requires 10kg of plastic to form a one brick. But, now the components of his machine have started breaking down, so he wishes to build a new machine. The new machine would cost $350,000 and he is looking for Dunedin businesses to invest in his pioneering project. The production version of the Byfusion machine will be capable of producing 250 blocks daily. The machine has already generated interest from prospective national and international buyers and is expected to prove to be multimillion-dollar earner for Dunedin.
Via: Otago Daily Times
Seven Other Designers who are reusing and recycling plastic waste
It isn’t just Peter Lewis with the Byfusion machine, many designers have come to a conclusion that reducing the use of such products isn’t the only solution but re-using the non-biodegradable products to something useful can even reduce the amount of waste accumulation around. Here are such few ways the designers have thought would interest you and take a step above in helping the environment.
1. Elanit Neutra
Handbags! One of the things which make girls go crazy about. Every girl dreams to have a huge range of hand bags suiting her every dress and every occasion. So, the designer Elanit Neutra had thought about creating such most innovative handbags which not only attract the girls but also lends a hand in preserving the environment too. The handbags made by this designer were made of recycled inner tubes of tires. The geometric lines, curves and ridges of these tires have added up a new fashion trend to these handbags. This is one of the ideas that have saved many rubber tires going straight into some landfills and preserving nature.
2. Abu YoYo
Many Billboards which are made from toxic plastics are disposed off when out of use. These in-turn causes waste accumulation. To reduce this problem, designer Abu YoYo has designed few purses, line of bags, kitchen accessories, wallets, book covers and many such products with just nothing but street side advertising billboards. The use of such designs and logos to make eye-catchy accessories gave them a cooler look than what someone could probably imagine. These designs have helped in reducing the toxic and non degradable wastes from accumulating.
3. Cotton’s organic clothes
Women like to wear any kind of clothing until and unless they look extremely stunning in their outfits. But furs, synthetics, shimmers, leathers could probably make you an indirect cause for the extinction of our wildlife and degrading the environment. So, the designers of the Cotton’s organic clothes have designed a huge range of clothing for women with organic cotton consisting of various patterns and designs which not only make them comfortable but also add up to their beauty. The clothing made of this organic cotton could be recycled again and made use for other things which makes you a part in protecting our environment.
4. Inbal limor
The various plastic covers which we usually find everywhere around us are a major threat to our future surroundings. They are a total non degradable substances which causes many difficulties in re-using them again. But an innovative yet a creative idea had struck Inbal limor. she made use of such plastic covers and turned them into beautiful and astonishing structures and art work which could be framed or even gifted. This innovative idea had prevented many plastics ending up in a gross landfill.
5. Yoav Kotik
we usually find many bottle caps, metal cans lying around in our homes or even uselessly thrown away in garbage cans where they are of no use and in-turn causing waste accumulation leading to the destruction of our surroundings. But an Israeli artist Yoav Kotik had creatively used such bottle caps, aluminium cans and paraphernalia as his source of producing some art. He made few models of spring flowers, Jewellery out of caps and cans, light fixtures, home accessories for decorating purposes and many more. he even organised an exhibition displaying various artifacts made out of trash which gave many visitors the innovative ideas to reduce the unwanted trash into something useful.
6. Merav Feiglin
Lamps and lamp-stands are a common scene in every house. However, lights made out of trash and unwanted materials are not what you see daily. Merav Feiglin has created such Trash lights with all the unwanted junk you could probably find in your home. This unwanted junk includes old toys, shaving brushes, barbie dolls, rubber toys, and coffee grinders. The designer uses such materials to design these lamps. It not only reduces the trash going out but also gives your home a new look.
7. Erez Mulai
Another designer Erez Mulai has come up with an innovative and a social idea. He is creating wastepaper bins which are in-turn made out of waste paper itself. These waste paper bins are made out of those hard to recycle glossy and tough papers we usually find in magazines. Apart from this innovative idea, Mulai also hires people who are facing problems with emotional disabilities. Thus lending a hand in social welfare too.