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2016 Eco-innovations: Good Greens on the Horizon

Posted on December 31, 2015 by Matt Tomasino There have been 0 comments

More good news for your Eco-friendly mission with some of these 2016 Eco-innovations to brighten your new year. With all the horrific global incidents we are witness to there is still hope for the planet and the human race.

So don’t get caught up in the fear mongering and negativity of the world but rather all the good greens on the horizon.

Hydrogen Wheels

You’ve seen automotive technology advance beyond anything most people could have imagined and 2016 models continue the drive (literally).

The Huffington Post reports on how fuel-cells (packed power hydrogen extracted from water) are showing up in the Asian automotive industry to compete with Tesla Motor’s electric fleet.

Toyota, Honda and Hyundai rolled out their hydrogen fuel cell zero emission models at the esteemed Los Angeles auto show with great interest touting several successful prototypes already on the road.

This opens up the already competitive market bringing the possibility of more affordable green transportation choices to the public.

China Mines

While the US and other nations have implemented cleaner mining practices China has remained unregulated making this nation the number one polluting offender, until now. According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), by 2020 China promises to be fully implemented in:

  • Efforts to shut down illegal mines and inefficient separating and smelting enterprises will continue.
  • Increased monitoring of the industry will be done by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
  • Requirements for an efficient electricity supply and specifications concerning the maximum energy demand per ton of rare earths produced are also indicated.
  • Minimum recycling rate for ore dressing waste water of mixed rare earth minerals (85%) and bastnaesite and ion adsorption deposits (90%) are set, as well as yield rates (92%).

In addition, the United States continues to adhere to:

  • Shutting down illegal and unregulated mines
  • Choosing environmentally friendly general mining processes
  • Implementing recently discovered green mining technologies
  • Cleaning up the sites of shut-down mines
  • Reevaluating Cut-off Grades
  • Research and Development of Green Mining Technology

Friendly Electronics

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has also boarded the fast moving “green train.” Their goal initiative has already been put into place dedicated to bringing electronic construction practices as well as encouraging peripheral industries to go green.

So far, in 2015, Business Wire reports that:

  • CES recycled half a million square feet of carpet (up 70% from last year)
  • 20,000 square feet of magnetic banners will be melted down and reused in 2016
  • 27,800 square feet of vinyl banner materials were repurposed and made into tarps, hockey rink liners and outdoor movie screens.
  • Fifteen trailers worth of donated items were given to Habitat for Humanity, Opportunity Village and Teacher Exchange through CEA’s formal donation program. This amounted to 145,900 pounds, saving 45 dumpsters worth of materials from landfills.
  • All CES Press Rooms are green with only paperless press kits permitted, saving an estimated 2.5 million pages of printed paper.

These 2016 Eco-innovations bring new technologies, rebalanced business practices and overall transparency to these industries. Many more are coming online or have been in the works for several years. From local town municipalities implementing electronic fleets to solar construction taking a front seat in new construction.

 

All it takes for these industries is a concerted effort without losing the bottom line while at the same time catering to the new consciousness of you, the consumer, to make our planet clean, once and for all.


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