Biotekt USA create personalised energy-efficient homes from 90% recycled content and 95% locally sourced materials.
Manufacturing components and kits for unique, earth-sheltered structures, Biotekt homes have intimate contact with surrounding climate, terrain and topography.
Every home and construction is individually designed and takes into account all environmental variables and conditions to create a fully functional and personalised product.
Formulated by architect, ecologist, and Biotekt’s CEO and co-founder, Manuel Lago Granger, the first prototypes of this prefabricated, modular, earth-sheltered system faced difficulties such as cumbersome construction and a lack of design flexibility.
Subsequent redesigns begot the second generation Biotekt modules, which are now more manageable and more efficient.
Each Biotekt construction recycles approximately 15 plastic bottles per square foot. This means that a 1000 square foot home would recycle approximately 15,000 bottles.
Biotekt believes that plastics should only be used for items which are meant to last a very long time.
The company’s modular, earth-sheltered units, all made from recycled materials, help clear large amounts of plastic waste from oceans and landfill, and will last for lifetimes as safe, functional homes.
Biotekt now runs a production facility in Colombia and is prospecting for local production facilities in Canada, Mexico and the United States.
The company is also in talks for a proposed facility in Romania, which will serve a new, European market.
Two Scents (USA)
Two Scents produces and sells luxury, handmade, 100% vegan candles.
Company founder, Shirbrina, a graduate in environmental policy and public health, combined her enthusiasm for sustainability and self-care to create her very own Miami-based sustainable business.
Sourcing high quality, plant based, environmentally friendly materials, Shirbrina handcrafts each product, presenting customers with unique opportunities to shop guilt-free for sustainably-sourced self-care.
Brand specialities include body oil candles – once the wax melts, it becomes revitalising skin oil!
With eco-friendly tips included in every order, customers can be assured that all Two Scents products are handmade with love, and with care for the environment.
In addition to Shirbrina’s work, 10% of all profits made from the brand’s “Eco Collection” are donated to The Ocean Clean Up, an organisation using carbon neutral technology to remove plastic waste from the ocean.
Brenna Quinlan, Illustrator (Australia)
Brenna Quinlan is an illustrator and educator of permaculture and climate-solutions based in Western Australia.
Teaching adults and children online and in-person, Brenna makes complicated environmental information accessible to all through products such as her illustrated Permaculture Action Cards.
Beginning her journey illustrating permaculture co-originator David Holmgren’s Retrosuburbia, Brenna’s career in educative artwork blossomed following the release of Milkwood, by authors Kirsten Bradley and Nick Ritar, illustrated by Quinlan.
She has since continued her work promoting sustainable practices with organisations including the Red Cross, Break Free From Plastic, the Australian Greens, and Gardening Australia.
Through her commitment to education through artwork, Brenna aims to inspire and motivate people on the big issues of our time; climate change, biodiversity loss and social justice.
Brenna spreads positive messages through her teaching and illustration, and focuses on solutions rather than problems.
Her work has featured all over the world and all her artist’s materials and practices are low emissions and low waste; Quinlan uses watercolour on paper, has a dinner plate as a palette, and uses two, high quality brushes which have lasted over ten years.
Her small tubes of watercolour paint even last several years each!
She uses pre-used envelopes and packaging supplied by family-owned, Envelope Solutions, and her products are distributed by the ethical, Amazon-alternative, Permaculture Principles, which is a low waste, ethically driven, product distribution company.
Currently, her main challenge is preserving a healthy work/ life balance. Being so involved in valuable, meaningful work, Brenna feels there is no end to the amount of tasks on her to do list.
She loves her work but is conscious that sometimes she must switch off, and involve herself in other activities.
She acknowledges that it is tempting to work all the time as a freelancer, but knows that even the brightest minds and greatest creatives sometimes need to take a break!
Offering an answer to global agricultural problems including how to feed an ever increasing population, Marco Tidona of Aponix, Germany, presents versatile, modular horticultural equipment – vertical farms!
A software service provider turned urban farming engineer, Tidona began his research into alternative farming solutions by creating his very own basement aquaponics farm. Soon encountering structural problems including flooding, Tidona further perfected his designs and now works through Aponix to provide infrastructural components to partnering companies seeking their own unique farming solutions.
Aponix designs are compact and similar to building blocks, they can be arranged into configurations appropriate to individual or company needs.The inventor of the “vertical barrel”, a modular barrel system which enables users to grow leafy greens and small vegetables at high density in a compact environment, Tidona’s work enables communities to integrate fresh farming into their urban spaces.
Using formulations designed to enable maximum growth and harvest, Aponix systems provide nutrients to plants through methods including organic aquaponics, and hydroponics – one uses manure-rich water from live fish, the other uses chemical fertilizer.
Stand your Aponix system up, hang it from the ceiling, use it with substrate or with an external reservoir, these flexible, compact farming methods, both soilless and not, are easily integrated into corporate and urban landscapes.
By drastically reducing the space and machinery needed to farm land for edible crops, Aponix designs provide practicality and convenience, and are easily modifiable to individual user and community needs. Materials used for each Aponix component are durable, food safe, flame and UV resistant, and recyclable.
A unique, Aponix system promotes sustainability by enabling individuals and companies in non-rural spaces to farm plants for local consumption, reducing a reliance on heavy farming machinery and on transport from distant food producers.
This urban farming infrastructure can be integrated into urban landscapes all over the world to support sustainable cities and responsible consumption.
With Aponix systems, there will be no need for communities to rely on working large amounts of farmland or importing large quantities of food to meet their complete nutritional needs – a properly configured and compact vertical farm is a sustainable, manageable, and reliable farming alternative.
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