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recycling: weapons into jewelry

Reuse and recycling are at the core of sustainable design, but in an ideal scenario you don’t just recycle…you upcycle. You make something of even higher value out of the material you are reusing.

fonderie 47 ring That’s what high-end jewelry and watchmaker Fonderie 47 is doing with confiscated weapons such as AK-47s. According to this Huffington Post article, founder Peter Thum got the idea when saw children in Kenya and Tanzania carrying assault rifles.

The company’s raw material includes a proportion of metal from melted down assault rifles. Mines Advisory Group, an international organization that removes and destroys weapons that remain after conflict, gets a portion of each sale that Fonderie 47 makes.Fonderie 47 At nearly $200K, not everyone can afford to buy this limited edition watch, which features “serial number of the AK47 from which the steel was wrought.” But if someone’s spending that kind of money on a watch, it should perhaps be this one.

distributing cloud computing to generate heat where it’s needed

distributing cloud computing to generate heat where it’s needed

A new German company called Cloud&Heat has reimagined cloud computing to double as a heating service for residences, TechRepublic reports. The company places a secure server cabinet in the residence and conducts necessary maintenance (once or twice a year) at agreed times. The Coud&Heat secure server cabinet Not only does the unwanted heat find aContinue Reading

soccer field: powered by players footsteps, or not?

soccer field: powered by players footsteps, or not?

You may have read recently about Shell’s renewable energy project in Brazil. It’s a soccer field lined with peizo-electric tiles that capture energy from footsteps. While the project was reported excitely (in FastCo.exist, BBC, Gizmag and others), just recently Alex Epstein, in an article for Forbes, has “done the math” to show that the footfall-powerContinue Reading

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