I've never seen an upcycling example like this
I would call it Gourd-geous
A family in India crafts musical instruments out of pumpkins. They’ve been doing that for 2 centuries.
Tanpura or Sitar is one of the most important instruments in Indian classical music.
In the city of Miraj, in the western part of India, these instruments are crafted out of pumpkin shells.
These shells are hung to dry and harden for a year!
It can take up to 3 weeks to make 1 Tanpura using a technique that has been there for 2 centuries.
It’s amazing how the earlier generations used to use(and not exploit) resources from the planet to bring joy and meaning to their lives.
Moving onto this week’s content. So today, we have👇🏽
A startup that’s making composting more convenient
Another startup that’s converting a global calamity into a range of sustainable products
Some good news
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A bin that allows you to throw your food waste directly into the sink.
Dirty Little Secret…Food waste is a growing problem. It usually ends up in a landfill where it releases methane, a greenhouse gas that is 80X more potent than CO2. Composting is a great way to prevent that. It converts these scraps into nutrient-rich soil. But for that, you need to have a separate compost bin and diligently segregate your waste. It can sometimes become really messy and smelly.
Scrap the Mess…Sepura is taking away that inconvenience associated with composting. It has built a home appliance that sits under a sink in place of garbage disposal. You have to scrape your plate into the sink. Then press a wireless button on the sink, which is part of the system.
Sepura will initiate a process that shoves the waste products into the appliance and ensures that water flows through the drain system.
Only solids are collected and liquids flow down the drain system.
It can be installed in any kitchen sink and space and it cleans itself.
Waste Not, Want Not…It can handle any type of food scraps- peels, bones, veggies. Food scrap smells are eliminated by its carbon filter and controlled air intake. It can also be connected to dishwasher drains and store the food waste coming out of a dishwasher.
Converting a global calamity into a range of sustainable products
Algae-geddon:…Deforestation, current agricultural practices that are using a lot of pesticides and fertilizers, and our dumping of wastewater into the oceans have put an overload of nutrients in the oceans. Nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus. This has given rise to a seaweed called Sargassum which feeds on these nutrients. It has grown enormously and is killing coral reefs and animal populations.
Bringing the Wave of Change…Carbonwave is on a mission to solve this by converting this sargassum into useful materials. In that process, it’s replacing petroleum-based products in multiple industries. This would reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and would also bring down the amount of sargassum in the oceans.
It has developed the world’s first seaweed-based emulsifiers geared at the cosmetics and personal care sectors.
It has a portfolio of fertilizers and biostimulants- a substance applied to plants to enhance nutrition efficiency.
It is also starting commercial manufacturing of bio-based vegan leather.
Finding a Balance…In moderate amounts, the sargassum actually acts as a biodiversity hub where birds, fish, and other marine species gather and prosper. This would also help the fishing and tourism industries that are impacted by excess sargassum in the ocean.
😹 Some Good News
Court Gives Big-Oil-culation- US Court Denies Big Oil's Appeals
Solar-Powered Dough- Sun Brings Baking Cost Down in Lebanon
Cross-Country Current- World’s Largest Cross-Border Energy Line Energizes 1.8 Million European Homes
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