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Incredible Eco-Friendly Initiatives from Around the World

Date : 09 October 2018

With environmental concerns at an all-time high, an increasing number of people are becoming conscious of the effect their actions have on the environment. While many have started making more environmentally-sound choices in their everyday lives, some have taken it a step further to create original solutions to the planet’s biggest problems. Here are five incredible eco-friendly initiatives from around the world.

1. Ecobricks

Image source: www.ecobricks.org

Ecobricks are 2-litre plastic bottles packed tightly with used plastic and other non-recyclable materials which are toxic to the environment. In addition to helping with the problem of pollution, ecobricks serve as versatile building blocks which can be used to make modular furniture, garden spaces, simple structures and much more.

The Ecobrick movement is fast spreading around the world and is championed by The EcoBrick Exchange (EBE) in South Africa, where they’re largely used in the construction of preschools in underprivileged communities. If you’d like to get involved, there are a number of drop-off points across the country where you can donate your completed ecobricks, including all Pick n Pay Hypermarkets.

2. FinalStraw

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Globally, around 1 billion plastic straws are used and discarded daily, contributing to the widespread pollution of our oceans and the death of countless sea creatures.  FinalStraw is the world’s first collapsible, reusable straw and was developed to address this very issue.

Made from type 304 stainless steel, it is BPA free and safe for use by people of all ages. It also folds up to the size of a key and fits in a nifty case so you can take it with you wherever you go. If you’d like to own one of these fantastic eco-friendly straws, they cost $20 each and can be pre-ordered directly from FinalStraw.

3. Sustainable Houses

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To prevent trash from clogging their waterways and landfills, people from the village of Yelwa in Nigeria have built a house using plastic bottles filled with waste and bound together with mud. This follows similar applications in other countries such as India and South America, including this eco-friendly house in Argentina which was made entirely from recycled materials.

Not only do these colourful homes help reduce pollution, but they’re also perfectly functional – maintaining comfortable temperatures and protecting occupants from the elements. As a company passionate about sustainability, we admire how these communities have come together to transform their waste into something useful.

4. The Seabin Project

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The Seabin Project’s stated mission is to “have pollution free oceans for our future generations”. The project was created by two avid surfers who decided to quit their jobs to focus on creating a “bin” that would collect a host of foreign objects from the ocean.

Their Seabin is designed specifically for marinas, yacht clubs and ports, and can catch ±1.5kg of floating debris each day. Using a submersible water pump, water is sucked in from the surface and pumped back into the marina, minus all the litter which gets trapped inside the Seabin’s catch bag. Watch this incredible invention in action.  

5. Sustainable Alternative Lighting

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Sustainable Alternative Energy lamps, or SALt Lamps for short, are ideal for communities without access to electricity or those still reliant on kerosene lanterns as their main source of lighting. Incredibly, these low-cost, eco-friendly lamps are powered by a salt water solution!

More specifically, its founders have developed an efficient combination of electrodes and electrolytes (salt water) which generates enough electricity to light up the lantern. Each lamp also comes with a USB charger. Visit www.saltph.strikingly.com/ to find out more on how to donate a SALt Lamp to those in need.