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An Introduction to Climate Finance

19 Oct 2016 Bruno Rauis

Defining climate finance “Climate finance” is an elusive term. At its narrowest, climate finance is understood to refer to those public financial resources that are allocated by developed countries to developing countries for the purposes of climate change mitigation and adaptation. In a broader designation, climate finance is meant to encompass all financial flows aimed […]

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The Liter of Light Initiative

4 Oct 2016

Hundreds of thousands of people around the world can attest to the truth in that statement, made by Illac Diaz, the social entrepreneur founder of Liter of Light, under the My Shelter Foundation. Since being launched in the Philippines in 2011, Liter of Light has been installed in millions of homes around the world and […]

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Fashion Products from Old Tires

21 Apr 2016

In Port-au-Prince, Haiti, discarded tires litter the streets, clog drainage systems,and are regularly burned as a method of disposal, releasing dangerous toxins into the air. Tires that avoid any of these fates end up in the ocean. To combat this harmful practice, ethical and eco-friendly fashion brand, deux mains designs collects tires from the streets […]

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Advertising Banners Recycled

14 Apr 2016

Kees es-Souk Your must have daily bag for carrying anything from groceries to beach-wear with an external pocket that fits an iPad. Durable and water repellent body from reused banners and heavy duty straps from seat belts. Bike Bag It always goes your way whatever the weatherman says. With a capacity of 7.5 liters it […]

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Sustainable eyewear

8 Apr 2016

Karün is an eyewear company creating high quality sunglasses made with recycled fishing nets preventing a harmful form of ocean plastics. Plastic pollution in the oceans is one of the biggest problems in the world and fishing nets represent about 10% of that plastic! Karün and the Californian company Bureo worked together to turn used […]

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Time for Sustainability

31 Mar 2016

Analog Watch Co. The Analog Watch Company produce a series of minimal and eco-friendly wooden watches. Their work is an iconic design with clean lines and a unique texture, and their design is 80% biodegradable. The Analog Watch Company are dedicated to exploring new ways of considering materials and stands by their product and their commitment to nature: the partnership with Trees […]

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Revolve Magazine Turns Five!

30 Dec 2015 Stuart Reigeluth

Five years ago, in the winter of 2010/11, we created a first issue of the magazine that you are holding and that at the time mimicked our first website. We went through three or four websites since then, and we are proud to say that the magazine has now taken on a truly international breathe […]

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Pillows made from Sari silks

17 Nov 2015

Innovative start-ups from around the world are recycling and reusing waste to make new products. By incorporating sustainability into their brands, they can provide eco-friendly products that consumers can buy with a clear conscience. Revolve looks at three brands that repurpose the old to create something new. LOLOI More than half a million women around the world […]

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Turning jeans into seats and matts

10 Nov 2015

Innovative start-ups from around the world are recycling and reusing waste to make new products. By incorporating sustainability into their brands, they can provide eco-friendly products that consumers can buy with a clear conscience: NUDIE JEANS Founded in 2001 in Gothenburg, Sweden, Nudie Jeans has grown to be a leader in sustainable and organic denim production, providing […]

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From coffee grounds to biofuels

5 Nov 2015

Innovative start-ups from around the world are recycling and reusing waste to make new products. By incorporating sustainability into their brands, they can provide eco-friendly products that consumers can buy with a clear conscience. BIO-BEAN Each year in the UK, 1.8 million tons of CO2 emissions are generated by 500,000 tons of coffee waste with disposal costing […]

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Plastic Road: from asphalt to plastic

23 Aug 2015 Edoardo de Silva

In the Netherlands, a multi-modular plastic road offers a cleaner and environmentally friendly alternative to asphalt. Dutch firm VolkerWessels presents a truly innovative concept: to build roads made of plastic taken from recycled waste found the oceans where great quantities of trash pose a serious threat to ecosystems. This concept addresses with two important environmental […]

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Creating flipflops out of old tires

30 Jun 2015 Kyle Parsons

Inspired during a surf trip in 2004, the founders of Indonesian-based Indosole set out to transform waste from landfills into functional and fashionable products. Their goal was to create footwear using worn out tires as soles. Source: Indosole Central to the company’s vision, the idea of repurposed products involves finding a new function for old […]

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Aluminium tabs can make cool bags

23 Jun 2015

Incorporating sustainability into their productions processes, companies can enhance their eco-friendly brands that consumers can buy with a clear conscience. Escama does just that with aluminum tabs from discarded softdrink cans: Escama Studio Image source: Cadu Andrade Escama Studio is a San Francisco based handbag company that collaborates with artisan collectives in Brazil to create a […]

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Vinyls become clocks, mirrors, coasters…

7 Jun 2015

Innovative start-ups from around the world are recycling and reusing waste to make new products. By incorporating sustainability into their brands, they can provide eco-friendly products that consumers can buy with a clear conscience. VINYLUX Vinylux transforms unwanted and obsolete vintage vinyl records into a whole line of unique, functional new objects. They create bowls, coasters, magnets, ornaments, bookends, […]

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British designer reuses rubber tubes and tires

5 May 2015

Discover a designer who turned her dislike of waste into a collection of stylish, resilient bags and belts made from reclaimed inner-tubes, bike tyres and car seatbelts. Katcha Bilek Katcha Bilek (KB) designs handbags, laptop bags and manbags with super-tough, durable and waterproof construction, along with unique fashion appeal. Her aim is to create items that are useful as […]

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Chile’s fishing nets become skateboards

28 Apr 2015

Skateboard producer BUREO has an innovative and environmentally conscious approach to their manufacturing process. As an alternative to wood, BUREO’s boards are made from discarded plastic fishing nets harvested from Chile’s Pacific coastline. Fishing nets add to the abundance of plastic litter in our oceans. They present a serious threat to marine ecosystems worldwide. Aimed at tackling this problem, Bureo launched ‘Net Positiva’, a recycling program […]

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Spreading the ‘digital cobbler’ concept 0

21 Apr 2015

Innovative start-ups from around the world are recycling and reusing waste to make new products. There are more brands than ever before putting sustainability back into the market. We take a look at 3D printed shoes that are assembled on demand and eliminate the ovens, adhesives and massive labor requirements typical of the industry: Lyf Shoes Lyf Shoes are […]

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Superkilen Celebrates Diversity In Copenhagen

13 Nov 2014

Superkilen is a kilometer-long park situated in the Nørrebro area just north of Copenhagen’s city center. Superkilen is home to more than 60 nationalities, and is considered to be one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the Danish capital. The hope is that Superkilen can help revitalize the area by giving it a global […]

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PUMA’s InCycle Eco-Collection

22 Aug 2013 Sven Stöbener

A revolution of economically and environmentally efficient products has started with PUMA’s InCycle collection, writes Sven Stöbener. Last spring, sportswear giant PUMA launched its InCycle collection composed exclusively of biodegradable and recyclable clothes, shoes and accessories. The impact all products from this new line have on the environment will be much smaller than other conventional […]

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Sustainable Financing, Financing Sustainability

9 Aug 2013 Lara Yacob

The global environmental, social and economic challenges faced by societies currently will accelerate over time as the world’s population is set to grow to 9 billion by 2050. Water scarcity and pollution, competing use of natural resources such as land, climate change and variability, demographic changes and globalizing supply chains are all underpinned by social […]

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