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We rarely know what happens to our waste. Unsustainable manufacturing practices and the lack of systematic processes for collection and disposal have generated a global waste crisis, particularly in the developing world. This year's applications show radical approaches that create new opportunities, from changing our usual waste habits to promoting circular manufacturing processes and developing biomaterials that give new life to waste. Whilst individually they may be just small steps, together they mark a real shift towards a more sustainable life on Earth.

Effects of Replacing Cement by Date Palm Trees Wastes on Concrete Performance

Effects of Replacing Cement by Date Palm Trees Wastes on Concrete Performance

Concrete

University of Buraimi

Using Palm leaves fibres and ash to reduce cement content in concrete

Dateform

Dateform

Work and Economic Growth

Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI)

A new system to process date farming byproducts into a range of upcycled materials

The Sound of Turbulence

The Sound of Turbulence

Cities and Communities

Central Academy of Fine Arts

Transforming pollution into sound with a musical instrument that makes us aware of our environment

Invisible Heroes

Invisible Heroes

Sustainable fashion

Bangalore University

Hard-wearing, protective clothing for waste-handlers made of organic fabric

we are not waste anymore

we are not waste anymore

Food waste reduction

Chiang Mai University

Using discarded fruit as biomaterial to make doggy poop scoopers

Bale saver 2.0

Bale saver 2.0

Work and Economic Growth

Tshwane University of Technology

An affordable solution to keep hay bales dry and extend their lifespan

Plus Minus 25º

Plus Minus 25º

Energy

University of the Arts Berlin (UdK – Berlin)

A temperature regulating curtain system that works without electricity

Cultive

Cultive

Water and Sanitation

Imperial College London

A distributed system of soil sensors to facilitate efficient water management in farms of any size

SEEDCUP

SEEDCUP

Biomaterials

University of Applied Sciences (FH) Joanneum

Recycled coffee cups made from coffee grounds to reduce the use of paper and plastic

Up-cycling Vending Machine (UVM)

Up-cycling Vending Machine (UVM)

Cities and Communities

Singapore University of Technology and Design

An urban collection and upcycling machine to turn plastic bags into rope

Mossy

Mossy

Water and Sanitation

IED – Istituto Europeo di Design (Madrid)

Bringing moss to city environments to monitor pollution and clean air in a natural way at the same time

Potential energies

Potential energies

Water and Sanitation

École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle (ENSCI)

Using water evaporation and composting to create natural cooling and warming systems