Vertical Future: Building healthier cities with smarter technologies including vertical farming

Vertical Future, the tech start-up behind vertical farming initiative MiniCrops, is developing a smart device to combat air pollution in cities. The product focuses on reducing the effect of emissions, specifically Nitrogen Dioxide, from vehicles and other urban sources – meaning cleaner air for urban dwellers. The tech start-up, launched by husband and wife team Jamie and Marie-Alexandrine Burrows in 2016, is currently at the product development … Continue reading Vertical Future: Building healthier cities with smarter technologies including vertical farming

Forest app helping users to be present and beat phone addiction while helping to plant real trees

For those who are glued to their mobile phones and need a data detox, Forest is an app helping you stay away from your smartphone and stay focused on your work, while rewarding the environment for your presence. The idea is that users grow a virtual forest by not fiddling with their phones during designated times they set, and thus earn virtual currency to purchase real trees. Forest … Continue reading Forest app helping users to be present and beat phone addiction while helping to plant real trees

Mammal Mapper app contributing to conservation action

Mammal Mapper, an app created by the Mammal Society, is helping the UK to address the issue of poorly monitored wild mammals including rabbits, hedgehogs and mountain hares. The Mammal Mapper is designed to record information on the location and number of animals spotted on walks or bicycle rides. Users of the Mammal Mapper can record sightings of any mammal, including field signs such as … Continue reading Mammal Mapper app contributing to conservation action

Ayo: A Rain Tale game sheds light on young girl’s tough clean water fetching duty

Ayo: A Rain Tale is a game that examines the issue of drinkable water transport by children under extreme conditions. The game, which is available for PC and mobile, sheds light on a young girl in Sub-Saharan Africa who regularly carries her tough water-fetching duty through harsh desert conditions with courage. Ayo’s perilous struggle is shared by many girls in Sub-Saharan Africa who live in … Continue reading Ayo: A Rain Tale game sheds light on young girl’s tough clean water fetching duty

Too Good To Go: Helping food retailers and customers to fight food waste

Too Good To Go is helping eliminate food waste from restaurants, cafes and shops by enabling people to rescue unsold food at a good price. The app, available for iPhone, iPad and Android, allows people in the UK to find participating restaurants, cafes and shops selling meals at a reduced price. Too Good To Go connects restaurants, cafes, bakeries and other eateries with surplus food … Continue reading Too Good To Go: Helping food retailers and customers to fight food waste

DoneGood App and Chrome Extension helping consumers to find green alternatives

DoneGood is an app and a Chrome extension that makes it that much easier to find brands that offer consumers green and ethical choices. DoneGood helps users to find ethical and sustainable places to shop online. Businesses who work with DoneGood also offer people discounts too. The free app, available for Android, iPhone and iPad, and allows users to customise the app so that it searches … Continue reading DoneGood App and Chrome Extension helping consumers to find green alternatives

Ann Makosinski: Young inventor harvesting surplus energy

Young inventor Ann Makosinski wants to harvest surplus energy. The 20-year-old Canadian has invented two creations including Hollow Flashlight – a flashlight that runs off the heat of the human hand – and eDrink – a mug with a USB port that converts excess heat from a hot drink into electricity and allows you to give your iPhone or iPod an extra boost of energy. … Continue reading Ann Makosinski: Young inventor harvesting surplus energy

Marine biologist Douglas McCauley looks to technology to take on threats to oceans

Marine biologist Douglas McCauley is looking to technology for new ways to take on some of the ocean’s biggest challenges and threats such as overfishing and illegal fishing. The Santa Barbara native and his colleagues at the Benioff Ocean Initiative (BOI) – a collaboration between marine biologists, tech innovators, and citizen scientists – have developed platforms such as Global Fishing Watch, an interactive global map that tracks fishing vessels via … Continue reading Marine biologist Douglas McCauley looks to technology to take on threats to oceans

Ethical Barcode: App exposes the ethical credentials of products you buy

Ethical Barcode is an app which allows consumers to shop ethically, enabling them to check the ethical credentials of companies simply by scanning the barcode of a product while grocery shopping. The app, which is available for both iPhone and Android, aims to educates consumers about the products they buy and the companies who make them. It was built to enlighten customers about the brands they … Continue reading Ethical Barcode: App exposes the ethical credentials of products you buy

iFixit: Championing a world of repairers

A repair culture is beginning to become the norm rather than the exception as more and more people become knowledgeable about living more sustainably. iFixit is a wiki-based site which is empowering a whole new generation of the DIYers. iFixit is a global community of people helping each other repair things. The online site offers free wiki-based repair manuals for consumer electronics, and troubleshooting technicians. … Continue reading iFixit: Championing a world of repairers