BY Marissa Dubecky
on Feb 19, 2015
Turns out when you mix tea and sugar, you can get more than a sweet drink. 10 years ago, fashion designer Suzanne Lee and biologist David Hepworth combined the same yeast and bacteria microbes found in kombucha juice with tea and sucrose, and the result was the creation of a fabric akin to leather.
So what did this mean for the fashion world? Well, by introducing microbiology into consumer production, researchers can find sustainable ways to manufacture the materials used in clothing. Read More
BY Gina Furfaro
on May 23, 2014
If you’re like me (in that you care about the environment but are typically overwhelmed about how to help protect it) then you’ve probably been feeling guilty since hearing that the West Antarctic ice sheet is melting and cannot be stopped.
A couple weeks ago, I received a very informative email from Environment America, notifying me that sea levels are due to a rise between 4 and 12 feet, potentially resulting in the eventual submergence of some of America’s beloved sites (such as Miami Beach, Fenway Park, and the World Trade Center Memorial in New York City). Read More
Detroit-based singer-songwriter Vienna Teng, who is known for her beautiful work behind a piano, has a new album out which was inspired by Detroit titled Aims. In her graduate studies at the University of Michigan she was inspired to create work that relates to sustainability, the Occupy movement, online privacy and surveillance, and the environment.
The cover features a map of Detroit, with areas of net losses highlighted in orange and areas of net gain highlighted in purple. She draws inspiration from the image, seeing flurries of hope and rebirth within a declining city. Read More
BY Maggie Carr
on Nov 12, 2012
Last week at Maker Faire Africa, four Nigerian teenage girls presented a generator powered by—wait for it—pee.
Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, and Faleke Oluwatoyin, all 14, and Bello Eniola, 15, invented the machine, which separates hydrogen from urine with an electrolytic cell, purifies the hydrogen, and pressurizes the resulting gas through a generator to power a lightbulb. According to the girls, one liter of urine can produce up to 6 hours of electricity. Read More