Amazing Eco-Friendly Technology That Changed The World
Top 10 environmentally friendly “Green” innovations and inventions that help our planet earth create less pollution.
In a world with a population of over 7 billion people, our reliance on limited non-renewable resources and an environment which is getting more polluted each year means that being environmentally or eco-friendly is becoming increasingly important. Every day we are bombarded with messages about air and water pollution. We are constantly reminded about our carbon footprint and the fact that global warming is slowly altering the environment we live in. From movies to politics, our relationship with the environment is a topic which is gaining importance with each passing year. Our response to this issue started slowly, but has accelerated dramatically over the past few years. If we don’t adjust our lifestyles and become more eco-friendly then we may end up destroying the very environment we live in.
Have you ever wondered why more and more of us are moving towards living an eco-lifestyle? Do you know the reason behind the huge number of eco-lifestyle innovations, achievements, and contributions?
Probably not, but they (the eco-lifestyle innovators, achievers, and contributors) know that this may be their last and best chance to save this planet – the last chance to live a life full of happiness and peace, the last chance to present the future generations with a world they live happily in.
It is clear that we have reached the point of crisis and the alarming signals are an increase in the number of droughts, melting icebergs, heavy rains, heat waves, dying coral reefs, deteriorating human health, and dreadful deaths of human beings.
The awareness of this situation is motivating us to do something for humans and the environment.
The Challenge of Going Green is always difficult but individuals and organizations are doing their best to innovate and contribute towards living an Eco-lifestyle. Here are some of the biggest advances across the spectrum towards living a better and green life.
Electric Cars and Elon Musk
Tesla is an electric car manufacturing company and Elon Musk is its co-founder; the innovations and contributions of Elon Musk and Tesla have paved a way to decrease our carbon footprints. Though other companies are following the same idea, they have not achieved as much as Tesla. The next green initiative Elon Musk is planning is the world’s largest lithium-ion battery plant to be built in California. It may significantly decrease the price of batteries as well as our carbon footprint.
Smart Thermostats and Tony Fadell
Until a few years back, a smart thermostat was known as a device which automatically regulates the temperature, or which starts a device in case the temperature reaches a specific point. But Tony Fadell, the CEO of Nest, came up with innovative smart thermostats which make use of intelligent automation to learn an individual’s habits and adjust cooling and heating in a space accordingly. This is one of the most energy efficient innovations known until now because these smart thermostats not only save money but conserve resources as well.
Frans van Houten and Philips
He is the CEO of electronics giant, Philips, and by building a business of more than $3.9 billion from selling LEDs, is already a leader in the lighting revolution with this new technology. The companies selling LED lights are at risk of shrinking profits because LED products last up to 15 years. Despite this, Philips is revolutionizing the lighting industry with high-quality LEDs just to save the environment and help live an eco-lifestyle. Besides selling LED lights, Philips is also leasing whole LED systems.
K. J. Antoji and Rainwater Harvesting
Most of the population has limited knowledge about collecting and using rainwater. K. J. Antoji, an electronics technician from Kerala, India, has invented a device for those on the coastal regions where groundwater is salty. His device injects stored rainwater into the ground for future usage. His system stores the rainwater in a tank and injects it 10-30 feet below the ground’s surface. The injected rainwater is retained by the water columns below the ground and is drawn back with the help of a water pump.
Inna Braverman and Eco Wave Power
Sun and wind are not the only natural sources to generate green electricity, ocean waves also have the potential. This is proved by innovator Inna Braverman, founder of Eco Wave Power, by converting the movements of the sea into pressure, which further spins the generator and produces electricity. Generating electricity from the ocean waves is a tough task but after several years of developments and testing, the company led by Inna gained real success in May 2016. Today, Eco Wave Power is supplying green energy to many homes in Europe.
Grove Ecosystem, The Intelligent In-Home Garden
Grove Ecosystems innovated the world’s first intelligent in-home garden. It harnesses the procedure of aquaponics. An aquarium is placed below this garden, and the owners utilize the fish waste products rich in ammonia. With the help of microbes, these are transformed into nitrates. At the same time, this system provides clean water to fish and organic nutrients to the home-grown vegetables. It is intelligent not just because of this quality, it is intelligent also because it comes with a paired app that has all the essential training and tools to monitor the growth inside the garden.
Nebia, The Shower System
It is a fact that while taking showers, we waste a considerable amount of water. Keeping this in mind, Nebia’s intelligent shower system innovation means that 70% less water is consumed and the best thing is that our shower experience is not impacted. Due to the technology it uses which atomizes the stream of water into very small droplets, a greater area is covered. While moving the droplets, the water pressure is maintained and water wastage is prevented. This shower system is self-installed, and its height, as well as the water stream’s angle, is adjusted as per your preference.
These are just a few examples of eco-lifestyle innovators and their innovations, achievements, and contributions. As you dig further on the internet, you may come across numerous eco-innovators all having only one primary objective – to make this planet a better place to live on.
Now, It’s Your Chance to Shine
We, Radio Live Green Smart (RLGS), have mentioned some great names, their innovations, and achievements, and there is no doubt that you might know about many others. Most of you, in fact, are eco-lifestyle innovators, but haven’t received the appropriate platform or opportunity to showcase your talents and dedication towards living an eco-lifestyle and saving the environment.
Understanding what fueled innovations in the past creates and inspires our own innovation opportunities – whether you were inspired after reading this or already have a zest to do something towards living your own eco-lifestyle, remember that we are, and always are with you on this journey.
Have you noticed that our list contains some famous names or innovations, and some that are not-so-famous? This implies that the famous are not patented to innovate in the field of an eco-lifestyle; anyone interested in enhancing the lives of others and saving the environment gains recognition and is backed.
Do you believe that you motivate others to live an eco-lifestyle? Have you ever done something great for the environment that may be an inspiration to others? Does your life’s story inspire others to live a healthy life? Or, do you have the ideas and skills which may miraculously transform lives? Are you innovating something green that makes this planet a better place to live on?
If your answer to any of the above questions is YES, we are with you. No matter if your ideas, innovations, and skills are big or small, we provide you with the much-deserved platform. We welcome you to share all your eco-lifestyle thoughts, achievements, innovations, experiences, etc. on our LIVE radio station. You have a golden opportunity to present yourself as an eco-lifestyle innovator, achiever, or contributor in front of our large eco-audience.
Always remember Emmet Fox’s famous quote – “a small spark can start a great fire”. Do you have that spark?
Leading Eco-individuals With Bleeding Edge Discoveries
David Amster-Olszewski: Planting Solar Gardens:
SunShare. It was based on the concept of building a shared “solar garden”—like a community garden, except that instead of tending plants, a homeowner or business buys shares in a handful of solar panels.
Inna Braverman: Catching Waves:
When it comes to sources of renewable energy, the wind and sun get most of the attention. Ocean waves, not so much.
John Dabiri: Swimming Fish and Wind Power:
Mention wind power and what comes to mind are giant whirling turbines. But Stanford scientist John Dabiri has been saying for years now, that there may be a better alternative, one based on tight clusters of much smaller vertical axis turbines that spin like a top. It all goes back to his research on how fish move.
Arthur Kay: The Power of Coffee Grounds
Arthur Kay’s life began to change when he stared down into a coffee cup. He noticed there was a thin, oily film on top of the coffee that had been sitting out overnight. It made him wonder where that came from, which prompted some research that told him that coffee has a higher caloric value than wood so it’s capable of releasing energy. And that led Kay, now 25, to end his career as a young architect and start a company named Bio-Bean, built around the premise that one man’s trash—in this case, coffee grounds—are another man’s energy source.
Evelyn Aravena, Camila Rupcich and Carolina Guerrero: Soil Power
Watching your cell phone run out of power leads to desperate thinking. “Why don’t any of these plants have a socket?” Camila Rupcich mused to her two friends, Evelyn Aravena and Carolina Guerrero, as they sat in a courtyard between exams, all with dead cell phones.
A little research suggested that the idea wasn’t so far-fetched. During photosynthesis, plants convert sunlight into chemical energy, some of which goes into the surrounding soil. That’s where the device the women invented, which they named E-Kaia, gathers its power.
Sanwal Muneer: Capturing Traffic Turbulence
For Sanwal Muneer, the moment of inspiration came a few years ago when he was standing next to a racetrack in Malaysia, and he felt the wind from the cars speeding by. That made him think there might be something in the movement of vehicles for him to tap into. Soon that thought evolved into a startup called Capture Mobility.
When it comes to the next great eco-friendly invention (or any cool invention for that matter), we often wonder why we didn’t think of it first. Well, this list is probably no different. Each of these were dreamed up by the young minds of students or graduates who were looking for a more eco-friendly option (and in some cases a little grant money too)
Teenagers’ minds work in mysterious ways. Because they are always brimming with ideas, in most cases they drive their parents crazy. However, on the occasions when enthusiasm is coupled with creativity and a feel for science and concern for the environment, youngsters are capable of inventing the most incredible technologies.
Kayu is an Australian based sunglasses company providing unique, safe, fashionable and affordable sunglasses. ‘We are launching Kayu with our first range of sunglasses called the ‘UNO’ range. The ‘UNO’ range takes inspiration from the classic wayfarer frame design with a twist. For the ‘UNO’ range we’ve also added renewably sourced bamboo from the Zhejiang Mountain in China, which is then hand crafted into the best looking and most comfortable leg design you’ll ever wear.’
Barnes, S. (2015). Hi-Tech Indoor Garden Uses Aquaponics to Grow a Salad a Day.
Fortune 500 Dumaine, B., & Vandermey, A. (2014). The World’s Top 25 Eco-Innovators.
Eco Wave Power – Wave Energy Company.
Pillai, R. (2010). Innovation in rain water harvesting.