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FabricNano

FabricNano is a biotech startup that has found a way to sustainably synthesise bioplastics and fossil fuel-free chemical ingredients at scale and produce those chemicals 100X faster than normal petroleum-based products. Their breakthroughs could mean that cell-free manufacturing could finally transcend niche to become commonplace.

The Empire State Building

After a hugely successful retrofit of the Empire State Building in New York City, a program called the Empire Building Challenge is providing $50 million in funding to high-rise building owners to pilot innovative retrofit solutions. Although, new buildings are easy to make green, old ones make up 80-90% of our usage. The best solutions will be shared with building owners to create a network of sustainable network practices.

Electric Steps

Thanks to the new technology developed by two Swiss labs means, for the first time, we can create electricity from wooden flooring. Wood is one of the most sustainable and widely popular building materials. But, due to its electro-neutrality, it has been ignored for energy harvesting. These scientists have found a way to modify it by adding silicon and nanocrystals, relatively environmentally friendly procedures, making it triboelectric.

Lab-Made Wood

Researchers at MIT have not only discovered how to replicate wood by isolating tunable plant tissues but also to grow it in specific shapes thereby reducing waste. Even though wood can be grown sustainably, this new technology can transform our use of biomaterials and combat deforestation.

Lagaam.

Everything is hand-made to order in Spain or Portugal. Most importantly, they only make what is ordered, totally reducing unsold production waste. For every item ordered, they encourage you to resell something you no longer want. They also offset their carbon footprint and donate material scraps to independent fashion brands. With an annual growth rate of 100%, this pioneering stockless fashion brand is on the rise.

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