Let’s Do It! Clean Earth Day 2018

letsdoit_trash_cleanup_kosovo-1600x995Let’s Do It! World is an organization leading an effort to put together a worldwide cleaning day in September 2018.

Teams in countries around the world have already began setting up teams. They have multiple maps on their website sharing where teams have set things up, teams who are in the process of setting up and countries where there remains to be a team set up. Nice to have visual data.

When you land on their homepage, they have you recommend a leader to run a cleanup in your area—not a bad way of enrolling inspired individuals to gamify the process of cleaning the planet!

Check out their website for more info on how you can get involved and contribute.

Imagine if we could clean the surface of the earth all at once as a planet. What a spectacle it would be. Save the date?

Building Blocks from Waste Plastic

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Plastic waste can be made into building blocks!

Peter Lewis is a New Zealand-based engineer whose research has now laid the foundation for the use of waste plastic to create building materials from a material comprising plastic sourced from the oceans and machine-compressed into the dimensions of a typical concrete masonry unit. Because the blocks do not require a binding agent, such as glue or adhesive, their carbon footprint is said to be far less in comparison to concrete. This is just one of many ways that we can begin to manage our waste in a more sensible and appropriate manner. In the meantime, the baler machines and plastic compactors offered by websites such as www.phswastekit.co.uk may just be a perfect option for any businesses that are looking for more practical ways to deal with their recyclable waste.

The startup ByFusion created by Gregor Gomory is getting started with the project of creating what they are calling RePlast blocks and are exploring different possible uses for the building materials. Gomory told SustainableBrands. “We want to see RePlast used in a modular way in low-income housing, for example. There are much smarter people out there than us that will have ideas.”

Like a bird preparing its nest the materials await to be scavenged. A potential gaming element is evident: Collecting waste plastic materials to get more blocks, more blocks builds more houses. More houses, less trash in the oceans and the land. Next, do we cut down on use of plastics? 🙂

Plastic-eating Worms

As it is Halloween, I thought this would be a suitable post to share on Clean Earth Future:

worms_news(Above) Plastic-eating mealworms which Stanford researchers have found to be a potential solution to the mounting of waste.

An ongoing study by Stanford engineers, in collaboration with researchers in China, shows that common mealworms can safely biodegrade various types of plastic.

New Water Drones

Through a collaboration between Port of Rotterdam Authority and academic institutions such as Erasmus University in Rotterdam and Port Innovation Lab with the Delft University of Technology new innovations in the line of “do good” drones are starting to make their appearance in the ports. Among the emerging breeds of Water Drones are the “AquaSmartXL” and the “Waste Shark”. The AquaSmartXL is a useful alternative to port surveillance that would normally require a man-operated boat burning fuel. The unmanned Waste Shark is able to collect around 500 kg of wast in the water through its mouth-like opening 35 cm below the surface of the water. It is around the size of a average four door car.

rotterdam_innovate_with_new_water_drones_600_375_84An AquaSmartXL in the port of Rotterdam.

 

wastesharkdroneportPrototype fleet of Waste Sharks along with drone port charging stations.

wastesharkAnother look at the garbage-collecting Waste Shark.

The Dutch boy mopping up a sea of plastic

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Link to article: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29631332

When I first starting bringing up the discussion on earth clean up with people a few mentioned hearing about this boy named Boyan Slat a couple years back.

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Above is a representation of his invention to clean plastic from the ocean. Inspiring to hear the efforts that are emerging.

Another article on Boyan Slat: http://inhabitat.com/19-year-old-student-develops-ocean-cleanup-array-that-could-remove-7250000-tons-of-plastic-from-the-worlds-oceans/