In Kampala, Uganda, there are more than 300.000 boda bodas – local motorcycle taxis. Every day they move around in traffic. At the same time, Kampala is one of Africa’s most polluted cities. KampalAIR wants to address the air pollution and combat health issues – with affordable and reusable air pollution masks. 90 minutes biking … Continue reading Mask protects Ugandan from health problems caused by air pollution
In July 2015, together with Angelica Motagnini, I researched the status quo of sustainable fashion. Change within the vested fashion industry is complicated, comes slowely and more transparent supply chains are most needed. Recently, in a quest of mapping sustainable brands around the world, I found an example of a beautiful, ethical fashion company based in Nairobi, Kenya: Njema Helena is providing a great opportunity for consumers to vote differently with their money and push fashion in a right direction.
With the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference just taking off in Paris, I stumbled upon a topic I never really thought of before: racing. Soon I got lost in a world of electric cars: Elon Musk and Tesla, the VW scandal, and Formula E – electric racing. Through my research, I found that many … Continue reading Formula E and Electric Vehicles: Accelerating to a Cleaner Future.
Food waste is a growing global concern. Given estimated that food production will need to have increased with 60% by 2050 – on 2005 levels – to feed the global population, reducing food waste has become of great importance: it could ease the burden on resources as the world attempts to meet this future demand. Together … Continue reading The “Banana Thing” And How to Reduce Food Waste.
How a commercialized business makes a genuine effort to reduce global poverty. The story of Plastic Bank almost sounds too good to be true. Tackling the amount of plastic waste in developing countries, providing an income to the people living there, recycling the plastic and subsequently preventing it from littering the world. This is what … Continue reading Changing Plastic into a Currency.
Co-author: Angelica Montagnini “The goal of today’s fashion connoisseur is not to own a vast wardrobe of disposable garments, but a well-constructed collection of timeless pieces made, using sustainable methods.” – The International Fashion Industry. Stella McCartney, with her famous Falabella bag, brought sustainability into fashion business. She is one of the few top designers providing … Continue reading How Fashion and ‘Eco-Something’ do (not yet) get along.
“We believe that everyone wants to help, but often don’t have the time, money or ‘know how.’” Briefly Cares is an initiative that provides the basic necessities to homeless people, needed in order to live each day with dignity and health. You can give away food and clothes, however, you can’t give away socks and underwear in order to … Continue reading Briefly Cares: a new initiative to help homeless people.
Reversing the indifference of public spaces in a city in just a weekend of time. Empower local democracy and open the dialogue amongst citizens. A great idea for every city! Saltsinistas is an initiative from Greece that aims to motivate local society in terms of active participation in common matters. They started in November … Continue reading Saltsinistas, a great initiative from Greece.
Refill It, a sustainable bottled water company, that recently came up with the solution to the unsolved and on-going problem of plastic bottle waste: aluminium refillable bottled water. “This is going to revolutionize the way we buy bottled water.” Refill It is a group of four young entrepreneurs, born and raised in the area of … Continue reading How to solve the plastic bottled water problem? Asking Refill It.
To encourage a more sustainable economy that produces less electronic waste, Phonebloks addresses the need for a phone worth keeping. What is the greatest challenge in achieving their goal? “Consumer behavior, in short, the fact that we all like new and shiny things.” We often like to have the newest and coolest gadgets. Most of all the gadgets we … Continue reading Phonebloks: creating a phone worth keeping.