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Sustainability

Hand-picked, positive news on what's good for the planet and ourselves

Absorbed separation

Plant secretions are a useful source of energy. Inspired by photosynthesis, a research team from Lausanne has developed leaf-like electrodes which, powered by solar...

Variety blossoms

Sawdust makes for stylish furniture, while flags embedded with seeds have a blossoming afterlife. Now, a research team from the University of Virginia is...

Collective change

Social engagement breeds improved teamwork, whether locally or abroad. Now, a Spanish company is offering firms and their employees a chance to develop more...

Clever on paper

Farm stubble, sawdust, and corn flakes are valuable resources for packaging material. Now, a Ukrainian startup is turning to nature’s other gifts to help...

Leading the charge

Banana ‘paper’ can help protect potatoes from pathogens by absorbing spuds’ discharge. Now, a startup from the Netherlands is using the discarded organic material...

Selective spin

New machines can filter miniscule smog particles from the air; an attachment catches lead in tap water. Now a Bristol-based startup is aiming to...

Well grounded

Insoles made using mushroom spores are great for feet and the environment. Now, Israeli students have produced an insulation material from mushroom cells that...

Granular savings

Warm walls help generate energy. Now, the startup of a Finnish research team is using sand to store solar- and wind electricity. The renewable...

Natural winner

Documenting fish stocks makes commercial fishing more sustainable. But certain organisms such as fast-growing algae create havoc for aquatic ecosystems. They deprive fish of...

Combined impact

A breakfast omelette made from sweet lupins? That’s possible. Now, a German research team is upping the ante with a sustainable palm oil substitute,...

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