Hitachi India Pvt. Ltd. Infrastructure Systems Division has joined forces with AIIMS Hospital, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.
Overall, they installed a new rooftop Solar Power system to bring solar energy; a new Hybrid Power Factor Correction (HPFC) system to make sure a load of electricity; upgraded a more energy-efficient Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system; replaced 33,000 conventional lights with LED lights; deployed an ICT-enabled Energy Management System to manage the energy system, and etc
As it saves 30% energy, other hospitals also try to copy its model and make strides toward greener and more energy-saving hospitals.
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If you are using the internet, then you are using Google as well, because it’s the biggest search engine in the world. But what if there are better versions of Google search, that can do the same job as what Google is doing and even give you a better user experience that Google cannot?
It is the most popular privacy search engine available today, it will not store the history of your searches, also will not collect information about your computers, though the search results may be limited compared with Google search.
This search engine also doesn’t track users or sell data to third parties. But most uniquely, it uses its profits from ads and commissions from the search to plant trees around the world. So each search can contribute to tree planting as it was promised.
Sridhar Ramaswamy and Vivek Raghunathan, two ex-Google executives, founded Neeva last year to abandon the giant ad-based business model, and give the search engine a more clean and organized look to improve the user experience. Moreover, it can block tracking and speed up page rendering.
This search engine uses rows of horizontal panels to show the search results, which never existed before. And most importantly, it values user privacy and will not track users after they’ve left the site.
Can you imagine wearing digital clothes and posting them on your social media? Since Facebook made an announcement about metaverse, nowadays, designers are creating more reality-bending digital fashion for people to put on, and people are buying them in a lot cheaper way.
Amid this paramedic, the fashion industry is forced to adapt to this digital fashion trend, for the seek of social distancing measures, it is also a more sustainable way to retain a fashion icon. Therefore, there are rising startups to produce digital fashion products, and that’s where the Dress-X steps in. At Dress-X, clients need to upload a photo of themselves and purchase any garment to fit their images, then ready for them to share online.
Last year, University for the Creative Arts became the first to launch a new Master’s degree in Digital Fashion, to learn how to create garments and how to fit them digitally to a client. Digital fashion is a fashion trend from now on, and people believe that it could pave the way to end fast fashion.
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Digital devices are everywhere in people’s lives, even for children and the elderly. This is an inevitable trend, powered by the internet. According to a statistic, 4.88 billion people around the world use the internet in October 2021 – that’s almost 62 percent of the world’s total population, and this number is still growing too.
Earlier, we studied that the elderly and the poor are the most likely to lag behind the technology, and yet we cannot change the trend to make it favorable for them. However, there are some efforts made for another vulnerable group of people, who are vision blind, hearing loss, or needy group, to access the technology and make their life easier.
This Australian startup company launched an app “BindiMaps”, which can accurately locate the user’s location and describe to the user where they are and what is nearby through a simple and natural audio system so that visually impaired people can travel freely in shopping malls. In addition, it can also provide the user plans the best route for the indoor space.
2. Be My Eyes
Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers and company representatives for visual assistance through a live video call. Since they launched in January 2015, more than 4,000,000 volunteers have signed up to assist blind and low-vision users. Be My Eyes users can request assistance in over 180 languages making the app the biggest online community for blind and low-vision people as well as one of the largest micro-volunteering platforms in the world! And this App is Apple’s 2021 Winner for Social Impact.
Jeenie is a modern interpreting platform that connects deaf users to a video/audio call with a live, qualified interpreter in seconds. It’s on-demand language assistance, wherever you are, whenever you need it. Jeenie makes it possible to use live interpretation instead of the sometimes-laborious process of writing notes back and forth, to give deaf users an on-demand ASL interpreter.
4. One degree
One Degree is a technology-driven nonprofit organization that helps individuals and families access the resources they need to improve their lives and achieve social and economic mobility. Rey Faustino launched a digital platform in the heart of Silicon Valley, providing disadvantaged people – new immigrants, the homeless, single mothers – with easy access to services that could improve their situation based on his own experiences.
Technological progress is inevitable, and we should follow the trend of making our lives easier and better, including those vulnerable groups of people, and working together to make everyone benefit from technology, not exclude any of them. Moreover, in the user experience design area, some countries have regulated rules to improve the app or web page accessibility, especially for those groups who have special needs. We also would like to see more companies consider those groups and design for them.
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Are you looking for something to spark your creativity? and to stay inspired by people, places, and things? Creativity comes from life and a well-determined mind. Some of those documentaries below will show you how creative a person can be and how they bring creativity into reality.
Waste Land is a 2010 British-Brazilian documentary film directed by Lucy Walker. The film talks about an artist Vik Muniz, who travels to the world’s largest landfill, to find a way to transform waste into contemporary art. This is an inspiring example of how you can take waste and transform it into something beautiful and meaningful.
Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang directed by Kevin Macdonald in 2016, is about the life and work of Cai Guo-Qiang known for his artwork with the help of gunpowder. The story is about his life, and all the way to present day highly-publicized public art performances on a global scale.
Eames, the Architect and the Painter:
Eames: The Architect and the Painter is a documentary film about American designers Charles and Ray Eames and the Eames Office, starting with chair design, also moving through architecture, photography and film. This documentary illuminates how Ray and Charles Eames fused craft and thinking in their design process.
Rivers and Tides:
Rivers and Tides is a 2001 documentary film directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer about the British artist Andy Goldsworthy, who creates intricate and ephemeral sculptures from natural materials such as rocks, leaves, flowers, and icicles. It reminds people that there are opportunities all around us to create meaning and beauty if we only have the vision and the persistence to make them real.
Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-Truth World is a 2018 documentary film that explores the investigative journalism work published of Bellingcat. It highlights how researchers often solve puzzles by exploring the extremes and see things through the eyes of the people who experience them to find the truth.
Jodorowsky’s Dune is a 2013 American-French documentary film directed by Frank Pavich. The film explores cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s unsuccessful attempt to adapt and film Frank Herbert’s 1965 science fiction novel Dune in the mid-1970s. It’s a film about a movie that never got made, but the creators’ dreams were so big they managed to change cinema forever without shooting a single frame.
Fantastic Fungi is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Louie Schwartzberg. The film combines time-lapse cinematography, and interviews in an overview of the biology, environmental roles, and various uses of fungi. The movie and its subject matter—the healing and potentially planet-saving abilities of the fungus beneath our feet—walks the line between science and spirituality.
Stay positive and creative, also comment below what keeps you creative?
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In the past one year, in order to prevent the further spread of the virus, masks have become an essential item for people, also disposable gloves and other products have been used widely. Now you can not only find them in the streets and lanes but also in the natural environment and the ocean.
In September 2020, zoologists found a penguin corpse on the coast of Brazil. After the autopsy, they found that there was a complete N95 mask in its stomach. It can be seen from the picture below that the size of this mask is about the same size as a penguin.
Based on the migration path, environmentalists speculated that this helpless penguin should have followed its team from southern Argentina to forage, but mistakenly swallowed the mask as food on the way. Such a large piece of item was stuck in the body, and it couldn’t be vomited out, and it couldn’t be discharged. Death became its ultimate destination.
In addition, the little pufferfish can hardly escape the damage caused by masks. In the sea off Miami in the United States, pufferfish have been killed by masks. According to a video taken by a netizen, a pufferfish body in an inflated state was tightened tightly by the mask strap. Pufferfish generally “inflate” when they encounter predators, but a huge mask is enough to make the pufferfish think that it is a threat to life.
Before it died, it wanted to get out of danger through inflation, but it did not expect that this would only tighten the mask. It is conceivable that it once struggled to survive, but in the end, it could only die in despair and pain.
According to the “Masks on the Beach” report released by OceansAsia, the number of masks produced globally in 2020 is estimated to be 52 billion, of which about 1.56 billion masks flow into the ocean. Based on the average weight of a mask of three or four grams, this has caused an additional 4680-6240 tons of marine plastic pollution.
The World Conservation Organization (WWF) has also shown that if 1% of the masks used are not disposed of properly, 10 million masks will pollute the environment every month. So, what should we do? First of all, we have to have a certain understanding of what is mask made of and why it can cause damage.
Masks are not plain cloth but plastic. The medical-surgical mask cover consists of two layers of unwoven fabric inside and outside, and a layer of melted fabric in the middle. The outer layer has an anti-dropping effect, the middle layer has a filtering function, and the inner layer mainly absorbs the liquid and moisture released by the wearer.
When we accidentally pile masks up by the ocean in tons, we should understand that after the cycle, the plastic particles will enter our stomachs. Fish eat plastic garbage, then people eat fish, hence forming perfect bioaccumulation.
Studies have shown that about 50% of people’s bodies in the world contain microplastics. Breathing, drinking, and eating may ingest microplastics into the human body. Although the impact of microplastics on human health is still unclear, the pollution problem of microplastics is imminent.
So is there a better way of dealing with masks?
1. The French startup Plaxtil provides solutions for surgical masks, fabric masks and FFP2 masks. It is currently conducting a pilot program in Chatellerault, France, where nearly 100,000 masks have been recycled.
Co-founder Olivier Civil said: “We have set up 50 collection points in pharmacies, stores or shopping malls. We remove the metal rods from the masks and grind them; then the crushed masks are thoroughly purified through the ultraviolet tunnel. Then, we turn these fragments into PLAXTIL materials are injected into the injection molding machine to obtain protection objects against Covid-19: mask fasteners, door openers, protective masks, etc.”
2. Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia has developed a product made from waste plant materials, such as bagasse and other agricultural waste. The initial goal was to develop biodegradable anti-pollution masks. The current idea is that it can also be used for COVID-19 protection, because the highly breathable nanocellulose material can remove particles smaller than 100 nanometers (virus size).
3. Researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia have developed a new material that hopes to use masks for road construction. The material combines shredded disposable masks with recycled concrete aggregate (RCA). Substances made from scraps of demolished buildings, such as concrete blocks, are crushed and reused. This new material not only gives new life to some of the 6.8 billion masks that researchers estimate are used every day around the world. According to this research, it can actually make roads stronger and sustain longer.
Whether it’s the use of masks to pave the road or the reuse of materials, these seemingly mind-boggling ideas tackle these “toxic problems”. In fact, not only these scientists, we can also remake the masks – recycle the masks and clean them up. Afterward, they can be combined with other materials to make some handbags, aprons, cushions for flower pots, hair bands and shoelaces.
Comment below on which idea do you think is the most innovative and feasible one, and what others can you think of.
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This year, in the wake of the huge crisis of climate change, flooding in Germany, China, forest fires in America and high recorded temperatures in Canada, all are evidence of climate change. Regarding this, some countries have made a huge step by producing green energy, while some are still trying to find solutions for this. No matter what solution it will be, for us, sustainability is the answer. Meantime, Japan has made a detailed plan to practice sustainability for the Olympics during the one-year extension of the Olympic Games 2021.
Actually, the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee has already announced a sustainable management structure in 2016, with a core goal of “Towards Zero Carbon” and a goal of 100% renewable energy use in the main facilities of Olympics.”
100% renewable energy use
The main stadium “National Arena”, which was designed by the famous Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, is equipped with a transparent (see-through) high-efficiency thin-film solar panel on the roof. Because of the light transmission, it is conducive to the growth of the lawn also preventing the fire. Seven other major venues also use solar panels, four of which use renewable energy equipment such as solar thermal power facilities. There are also three venues using geothermal heat utilization equipment to improve energy conservation, according to the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy.
2. Sportswear uses recycled plastic and plant fibers
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reported that the fashion industry is one of the world’s leading sources of pollution after oil, and the industry is facing tremendous pressure to improve sustainability. So ASICS, a well-known sports brand in Japan, has launched a new plan to collect second-hand sportswear from the public and active athletes, turning them into official uniforms for Japanese athletes in the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
3. The mostenvironmental-friendly torch
The torch of the Tokyo Olympics is made of “recycled aluminum” materials, of which 30% of the material comes from waste materials left over after the construction of temporary houses for the victims after the 311 earthquake in Japan, symbolizing the spirit of “igniting the fire of reconstruction.” Plus, the hydrogen was used as the fuel for the flame, which does not produce carbon dioxide after burned.
4. Beds made with recycled materials
18,000 single beds and another 8,000 beds, all provided by Japanese mattress company Airweave and are made of high-strength cardboard and recyclable polyethylene materials. This bed has three parts, which are used to support the upper, middle and lower positions, and each part can be customized to suit the body size of each athlete. In addition, since all bed frames are made of high-strength cardboard, the cardboard bed can withstand a weight of 200 kg. After the competition, all beds and mattresses will be recycled and reused to make other paper products and plastic products, thereby reducing waste.
5. Medals made from recycled electronic waste
The Olympic medals are made from discarded electronic products donated by millions of Japanese people. This project started in April 2017, and the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee Exhibition hopes to collect discarded electronic devices from all over Japan to make Olympic medals. They began to set up yellow recycling bins near 7,000 post offices, large shopping malls and landmark buildings in Japan to let people to donate their devices. The recycling operation lasted for nearly a year, in the end, they collected 78,985 tons of waste electronic devices and extracted about 32 kilograms of gold, 4,100 kilograms of silver and 2,700 kilograms of copper, which is enough to meet the materials required for 5,000 Olympic medals. The difference is that this time the Tokyo Olympics is committed to using 100% recycled materials for each medal compared it to other Olympic events.
6. Recyclable wood for the Olympic Village
The Tokyo Olympic Village Plaza is located in Harumi, and the design follows environmental principles and is made of 40,000 recyclable woods. The entire Village Plaza will be demolished after the end of the Eastern Olympics, and all the wood will be reused for the construction of native Japanese buildings to achieve the effect of recycling.
7. Recycled plastic waste for the podium
The podium platform is made of plastic waste for the first time in history. From June 2019 to March 2020, the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee cooperated with major supermarkets, schools and other institutions to carry out plastic recycling. After that, about 24.5 tons of plastic were collected, which was used as the 98 award stands for this Olympics use.
8. Automatic electric shuttle bus
The electric vehicle called APM (Accessible People Mover) has three rows of seats and can accommodate up to 5 passengers. Each car is powered by a lithium-ion battery, which can travel 100 kilometers on a single charge and can reach a maximum speed of 19 kilometers per hour. During the Olympics, there will be 200 APMs shuttled between the Olympic venues and the athletes’ village. This APM is mainly designed for people with limited mobility. In addition to the space for wheelchairs, it also has a built-in ramp for easy up and down.
9. Recycle more than 65% of garbage
There are five types of trash cans in the Olympic venue, including 1. Food waste + tableware, 2. Residual beverages, 3. PET bottles, 4. Paper cups and paper containers, 5. Plastics, etc. They are clearly distinguished, so that more than 65% of the garbage can be identified and recycled.
The effort of practicing sustainability is more than what we have listed above for this Olympics games, and Japan has shown leadership in solving global issues and creating a sustainable society through sport by driving sustainability awareness and action across society and presenting such actions as models for a way forward. Globally, we should all seek action to transform the socio-economic activities of the past in pursuit of common goals, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and together change the world and our future.