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We are pleased to announce our next OpenIDEO Vienna Chapter session this year. For the upcoming ideation jam around plastics, we teamed up with Zero Waste Austria as topic experts. Also, we are happy to welcome Johannes Kisser from Alchemia Nova (Institute for innovative phytochemistry and closed loop processes) at the event who will give us insights into the topic of circular economy.
This time our session is about generating ideas for the current Circular Economy Challenge:
"How might we get products to people without generating plastic waste?”
The session itself is 3 hours, the last hour is optional for networking with flexible end (2pm latest).
You should join us if
- you want to learn about Circular Economy and avoiding plastics and/or
- you want to contribute with your ideas to re-imagine...
Beeo fix gibt es in den Größen S (15 x 15 cm) - zum Abdecken von Anschnitten, M (25 x 25 cm) zur Aufbewahrung von Kräutern, Gemüse und Obst, zum Abdecken von Schüsseln, für Jausenbrot, ... L (35 x 35 cm) zur Aufbewahrung größerere Mengen von Obst und Gemüse, XL (40 x 55cm) - speziell Brot, Salat, Kr...
The usefulness of diatomaceous earth ranges from an internal one (as a natural medicine or supplement), to a solution you can apply in-and-around the house in order to protect yourself from unwanted vermin. <a href="http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com/diatomaceous-earth-mother-natures-secret-wea...
Finland aims to be a pioneer in the circular economy. In the future, the competitiveness of our economy and our well-being will no longer be based on overconsumption of natural resources. The world’s first national road map to a circular economy defines the steps required for a systemic change in th...
The oil rush in the Mediterranean Sea threatens wales and dolphins. They see seismically and through exploring the deepwaters the acoustic pressure rises up to 10.000 fold. Ocean care promotes more silent methods like Marine Vibroseis instead of Airguns.
Plastic debris in the sea pose a higher toxic threat than it does anyway by clocking animals stomach. New research has shown, that also organic contaminants like PCBs or PAHs (carcinogenic and so on) are sorbed to the plastics surface. When animals ingest these particles the will also be intoxified, which in the next step also reaches the further food chain..
Did you know that the consumption of meat is related to global problems like starvation, deforestation and climate change within a new publication, the Fleischatlas, as found out by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung.
Watch the award winning TED spot from Jamie Oliver:
Besides the 22 things happy people do differently, March 20th was the UN international day of Happiness for the first time, where many blogs wrote about this topic. One of them is Inspire 925, that brings happiness in correlation with business. The new movie What Happiness Is shown in these Austrian cinemas shows Bhutan wiht its aim to manifest “gross national happiness” instead of pure economic indices, that would not reflect the well-being of a country.
Yuu´n Mee is a seafood caterer and sells all kind of fingerfood , especially in combination with shrimps. Shrimp farms at the same time are located in areas where mangrove forests used to exist. That´s why they are really doing reforestation of mangrove forests.
The Austrian Gartenbox promotes mixed cultivation from a wide variety of plants. This box is also a possibility of flat-owners to just easily grow their own vegetables, herbs or flowers.
European research for alternative energies is booming.Treasores is an EU-project that deals with cheaper production of large area organic electronics, such as solar cells. AMON-RA will develop one-dimensional nanowires for photovoltaic.
The electree from Vivien Muller is a modern sculpture imitating a bonsai and the leaves are small photovoltaic panels. Suitable to charge mobile devices. Ecological design may also be of interest with garbage upcycling design. Redox-flow-batteries may safe future energy at interesting scales and prices.
LED lamps are getting cheaper and more popular, through led24.de one can buy all kinds of different lights.
All these devices use rare earth elements (REE), which arei ncreasingly problematic with recycling quota under 1% and Chinese monopolies. Within this framework urban mining seems to reach new height, especially if planned obsolescence is still state of the art in consumer goods. The Konsumet asks the public for their opinion with a current poll.
Finally the EFSA publishes studies of the dangers of neonicotenoids, a bee harming insecticide. This is one succesful step towards answering the serious threats bees face these days, as reported in October last year. Toxics generally also enter the human food chain and can even be found in breast milk. Endocrine disrupting chemicals are found in a vast variety of daily products. They have recently caught attention once more, as a UN report, the most comprehensive report so far associates these chemicals with all kinds of health problems like cancer and many more. The EU projects COPHES and DEMOCOPHES aimed to monitor environmental toxics in humans.
The labeling of organic food is confusing as ever. The regulations from the European Union are lush and big brands need to have industrial scale output. There are recent debates going on, like from Bliss Permaculture or even the book “der grosse Bio Schmäh“.
Some every day products contain a variety of toxics, as learned in the story of stuff, where eg. a concrete example is aluminium in deodorants. Alternatives exist and some are decribed in a Lebensart article.
New farming techniques evolve while adapting to modern requirements, which impressively shows the concept of Urban Vertical Farming, which can also be more low-tech hydroponic with SymbiCity or very impressive from the pioneer Patric Blanc .Others are for example the clever strategy of the Seawater Greenhouse. The humid part in the air is also used in the eolewater system, where 1500 litres of water can be collected a day in desert areas, while at the same time energy is generated.
Indoor plants generally promote vitality, concentration and well-being, which reveals a German study from the consumer research association.
Der Ölpreis ist seit 1998 um das 9fache gestiegen von 12$/Barrel auf 110$/Barrel (Quelle: Tecson, VCÖ 2012). Das ist natürlich Auslöser für alternative Energieforschung und natürlich auch Effizienzstrategien.
Die Ressourceneffizienz wird in dem nationalen Ressourceneffizienzaktionsplan, kurz REAP festgehalten. Auf europäischer Ebene folgt “resource-efficient Europe” einer von sieben “Flagship initiatives of the European 2020 Strategy”, die auch erneut in einem Manifest festgehalten werden. Die Energieeffizienz schlägt national mit einem neuen Energieeffizizienzgesetz zu Buche. Dabei sollen ingesamt jährlich 8,1 Petajoule eingespart werden. Global 2000 kritisiert die vielen Ausnahmeregelungen, wobei große energieintensive Betriebe weniger einsparen müssen als Klein- und Mittelunternehmen. Dazu passend ist die erste Auflage der Broschüre “energy innovation austria“des bmvit erschienen, die viermal im Jahr publiziert werden soll. Wer daraufhin so ambitioniert wird, selber in die Energieforschung zu gehen, hat unter anderem noch die Möglichkeit bei der Energy Mission Austria mit zu machen.
Wer auf der anderen Seite Ressourcen und Energie sparen will, kann auch auf eine minimalistischere Lebensweise umsteigen, wie z.B. sehr gut in dem Blog Mr. Mininmalist dargestellt.
Within a project called TRANSBIO valorisation strategies from by-products from fruit and vegetable transforming industry are researched. In another FP7 project – MultiHemp – multipupose strategies for hemp are processed in a biorefinery approach. Within the project scope of ORION small scale digesting units for organic waste will be developed.