25 May 5 Of the Most Amazing Green Inventions
With all the social and environmental issues we face today, we sure need some clever solutions! Judging by the amazing green inventions out there, necessity is indeed the mother of invention!
Here are some amazing green inventions that could lead to a brighter and greener future.
Straws have been on everyone’s lips lately (no pun intended!). A war is being waged on especially plastic straws as they are so detrimental to the environment. But there is a straw that you might not be aware of, and it’s changing lives! LifeStraw purifies water as you suck through it. The water is forced through narrow fibres that trap bacteria and other contaminants which are then flushed out by backwashing. This invention has changed the lives of millions that are living where clean, drinkable water is scarce.
2.Drones that Pollinate
Research shows that butterflies and bees are rapidly declining worldwide. As these little pollinators are so crucial for our crops, scientists are starting to look for alternatives. Japanese researchers are in the process of creating an insect sized drone that could lend the honeybees a helping hand. The robotic pollinators have animal hairs on their backs and a sticky gel that enables them to pick up and release pollen. Luckily, they don’t sting!
3.The Hostile Shower Curtain
We need this one in Cape Town! This spiky shower curtain inflates with air after 4 minutes to encourage you to get out of the shower. It’s a wonderful idea, unfortunately it’s not yet commercially available.
4.Marine Rubbish Bin
Our oceans are sick with waste, which makes this invention not only amazing, but crucial. A Seabin is a “floating debris interception device designed to be installed in the water of marinas, Yacht Clubs, ports and any water body with a calm environment and services available”. It can catch up to 1.5kg of debris per day including microplastics.
Nature truly inspires some of the best designs. Solar panels have been around for a while, but the Smartflower is a recent invention that mimics the behavior of an actual flower. It unfolds first thing in the morning and follows the sun throughout the day. This allows it to provide significantly more power than regular solar panels.
Do you know of any amazing green inventions not on our list? Let us know in the comments below.