Social Good Innovations - December 2015

14 Dec 2015|Added Value

BFG6Pedaling for power
Billions in Change has developed the Free Electric hybrid bike to supply 24 hours of electricity for a rural household with a single hour’s pedaling. The social good enterprise, founded by Indian magnate Manoj Bhargava, says the “small, light, and simple bike can be purchased with pooled village funds. Additional batteries for individual homes can then be charged and swapped out as needed. Click here to read more…

 

BFG7Closing the loop on plastic
Mango Materials, a start-up launched by CEO and Co-Founder Dr. Molly Morse is tackling the thorny problem of polluting plastic by using a novel, environmentally friendly manufacturing process which results in lower-cost naturally biodegradable plastic. The biopolymer PHA is produced using bacteria fed by waste methane, a gas that would otherwise be trapping heat in the atmosphere and warming up our planet. The process is a closed loop, so discarded product can be sent to a wastewater treatment plant or landfill to be biodegraded back into methane and start its life again.
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BFG9Good on You: a new kind of fashion app

Australia-based nonprofit Ethical Consumers Australia has created a free app that gives shoppers the tools they need to search the environmental, labor, and animal treatment standards of some of their favorite brands so they can make more informed purchases at retail stores. The app rates some 1,000 brands on a five point system from “Great,” “Good,” and “It’s a start” to “Not Good Enough” and “We Avoid.” Ratings are based on publicly sourced information including certifications, NGO brand rating reports, independent audits and company public statements.  Click here to read more…

 

BFG8Lumo: Crowdfunding renewables
Lumo-France.com leverages the concept of civic crowdfunding to offer participative financing for renewable energy projects. The team unites microfinance, renewable energy and crowdfunding experts who select projects based on their public interest and their economic viability.  Investors know they are giving meaning to their investments by actively contributing to the decarbonization of their economies. Click here to read more…

 


schneiderlayered-map-lightning-mxvisionweathersentryjpgWeatherSentry: delivering real-time localized data

Intensified by the impact of climate change, weather events significantly affect crop productivity and health. Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation is launching WeatherSentry, a platform that, according to Ron Sznaider, SVP Cloud Services, will ‘take the guesswork out of weather events’ delivering real-time localized data to help farmers, ranchers and landowners assess and plan for the weather’s impact on day-to-day agriculture operations. Farmers will be able to plan crop locations, optimize water and soil usage and prioritize activity based on 15-day forecasts. The platform will increase efficiency, profitability, and output for the US agricultural industry, including farmers, ranchers and landowners. Click here for more…

Image credits: Ethical Consumers Australia, Free Electric, Schneider Electric, Lumo-France, Mango Materials

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