Browsing the "developing world" Tag

A Whole New Way to Think about “Paying with Plastic”

January 11th, 2014 | by Guest Author

The very best solutions not only come up with a brilliant answer to an important problem, but often manage to help address other issues too. Here's one that seems to fit that bill, pointed out to us by Izabella Kaminska. It's called Plastic Bank


Nothing to Drink for Me – Just Water [Infographic]

November 26th, 2012 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Ever notice how we ask for "just water" at a restaurant? Like the source of all life is somehow inferior to soda or a glass of wine (both of which are mostly water)? A new infographic from a British plumbing company gives you just about every fact you need to know about water... including the ways we're wasting it


SodaBIB: the Plastic Roof Made from Reused Materials

November 6th, 2012 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

We often refer to our homes as "the roof over our heads"... but, unless it needs repair, we generally don't give much thought to our actual roofs. That's often not the case in the developing world, where makeshift roofing of materials like corrugated tin often provides minimal protection in normal conditions... and often none when disasters like hurricanes strike. The SodaBIB system addresses some of the most common problems with roofing in the world's poorest areas


Can Solar-Powered Sailing Ships Open Up Ocean-Based Commerce?

September 21st, 2012 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Lower-tech forms of shipping could open up whole worlds of economic opportunity... and with marginal environmental impact, if done right. The creators of the Greenheart Project are trying to accomplish those goals with the development of a simply-designed, solar and sail-powered ship created specifically for use by some of the world's poorest people


The Wonderbag: Low-Carbon Slow Cooking

February 3rd, 2012 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

The Wonderbag cuts fuels demands of cooking by using thermal mass to trap heat... and cook food without continued exposure to a flame



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