Responsible Consumption and Production

Sustainable Development Goal
rendering of city with a few tall buildings and several solar panels
Milan-based architecture firm Stefano Boeri Architetti has unveiled innovative designs for a nature-infused smart city in Cancun, Mexico that will serve as a model for resilient and sustainable urban planning. Created for Honduras-based textile conglomerate and property developer Grupo Karim, ‘Smart Forest City – Cancun’ is a proposed alternative to plans for a shopping district in...
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orange juice machine with large dome
International design firm Carlo Ratti Associati has developed an experimental circular juice bar that uses orange peels to make deliciously fresh-squeezed juice but that’s not all. Using filament made from the leftover orange peels, the “Feel the Peel” machine then 3D prints disposable cups to drink the refreshing juice on the spot. The prototype juicer, which was designed in...
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From a first-principles perspective, the task of feeding eight billion people boils down to converting energy from the sun into chemical energy in our bodies. Traditionally, solar energy is converted by photosynthesis into carbohydrates in plants (i.e., biomass), which are either eaten by the vegans amongst us, or fed to animals, for those with a...
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Innovative project in Glasgow to drill 12 wells exploring mine water for geothermal heating With numerous abandoned coal mines across the UK, there is a large potential utilising abandoned mines to derive geothermal energy that could be used to heat up to one fourth of UK’s homes and businesses. The innovative UK Geoenergy Observatories Project...
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Newlight has developed a technology that captures greenhouse gases from the atmosphere to make plastic. A “carbon-negative” alternative to plastics made from fossil fuels. While reading an article on the increase in methane emissions from dairy farming Mark Herrema, a student at Princeton University, had an idea: What about using greenhouse gases as a resource...
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Adidas has spent the last four years curbing ocean pollution by recycling plastic beach waste into shoes – and because their customers have been so eager for the product, the company is kicking it up a notch. Adidas produced more than five million pairs of recycled plastic waste shoes in 2018, and they plan to incorporate...
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Today (Saturday 22 September 2018), the Co-op announced an end to single-use plastic. It will see around 60 million plastic carrier bags removed in a phased rollout and replaced with an environmentally-friendly alternative. The move is part of a new hard-hitting ethical strategy to be launched later this week by the Co-op, which will tackle plastic pollution as...
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OLIO started life as a food waste app but people are also finding it useful for combatting food
An app designed to tackle food waste has proven to be an accidental lifeline for people who are struggling to afford to feed themselves. Since seven million tonnes of food and drink end up in the bin from households in the UK, OLIO was set up with the intention of helping people with surplus food to connect with...
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This week the third largest chain of supermarkets in the United Kingdom has committed to cutting a further 1,284 tons of plastic from their supply chain over the course of the next year, including plastic cutlery, bags, lids, and trays. Sainsbury’s will start by removing 489 tonnes’ worth of plastic bags, which are currently used...
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This exciting new data says that Europe has the capacity to produce more than 100 times the amount of energy it currently produces through onshore windfarms. In an analysis of all suitable sites for onshore wind farms, the new study from the University of Sussex and Aarhus University reveals that Europe has the potential to supply enough...
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