As TrendWatching reports in a recent look back at its 2011 predictions: “The only real sustainable future will be rooted in products that are not just eco-friendly or even eco-superior, but products or services that are truly ECO POSITIVE: i.e. whose consumption or existence actually benefits the environment and leaves a lasting positive impact.
Check out these incredible examples:
ZCB in Hong Kong has developed the Zero Carbon Building
A zero carbon building is a building with zero net energy consumption or zero net carbon emissions on an annual basis. In recent years, low/zero carbon buildings have attracted much attention in many countries because they are considered as an important strategy to achieve energy conservation and reduce greenhouse gases emissions.
Confetti turns into flowers.
Niko Niko products are made of plantable paper. High quality, handmade biodegradable paper that contains flower seeds. The products can be planted, just as normal seeds, and will grow into amazing wildflowers that will blow your socks off.
This billboard generates fresh drinking water.
A product of Peru University’s Technology and Engineering (UTEC), this billboard extracts humidity from the air, collects it, and generates drinkable water.
A building exterior that breaks down pollution.
A hospital in Mexico City features an external layer of tiles that pull chemicals from the surrounding air, turning toxins into CO2 and water. The tiles, Prosolve370e, were developed by Berlin-based design firm, Elegant Embellishments. Prosolve370e is a decorative architectural module that reduces air pollution in urban environments. The modules are a functional, yet highly decorative modular ornament that achieve a synergy between design form and molecular technology.
A city determined to reverse blight.
Community gardens in New York City reversed a vicious cycle of urban decay, crime-ridden empty lots, neglect, and population flight, while producing food, flowers, and wildlife habitat. These gardens nourished the bodies and souls of 800 neighborhoods, and inspired urban community gardening across the nation.