Butterflies and Bees Copy

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Butterflies and Bees

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BEES

ARE IN TROUBLE

Bees pollinate 70 of the 100 crops that feed 90% of the world

There has been a 40% decline in commercial honeybees since 2006 in the united states.

BEES ARE IN TROUBLE

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Why should we care

about bees?

BUTTERFLIES

Need Bees
...And our help

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Butterflies need bees and our help

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What can we do

to save them?

News for Keepers

Composite

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Composite

Natural fiber composite

R & D in collaboration with professor Seth Stem (RISD) and BASF.

Exploring Possibilities

We produced the seat and back of Seth’s chair to demonstrate the properties of natural fiber composite and create a template to replace plastics. Durable, comfortable, and handsome, the end result helps push eco-friendly products into the market.

Exploring Possibilities

We produced the seat and back of Seth’s chair to demonstrate the properties of natural fiber composite and create a template to replace plastics. Durable, comfortable, and handsome, the end result helps push eco-friendly products into the market.

Designed from the ground up.

Our team modeled the geometry and machined the aluminum mold for the BASF Hemp Chair completely in-house. We created the initial manufacturing methods and systems for its production.

Designed from the ground up.

Our team modeled the geometry and machined the aluminum mold for the BASF Hemp Chair completely in-house. We created the initial manufacturing methods and systems for its production.

Material Report

Our hemp formula contains 72% natural fibers — 22% more than the average composite. Use of this could drastically reduce dependence on nonrenewable plastics.

Acrodur, BASF’s water-based acrylic resin, is free of formaldehyde and other hazardous chemicals. No VOC’s or noxious gases are released upon temperature shock.

Float

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Float

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Barrier Cooler

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Barrier Cooler

Barrier Cooler

Floating heatsink

The concept is to create floating heat sinks that will deploy to critical areas of a reef.  They will help stabilize and cool the surrounding water temperature.

The Midas project

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The Midas project

The Midas project

The Midas project is a research and development project based on our work with compressed natural fibers and our initiatives with upcycled plastics.  We are researching ways to take this even further by exploring the possibilities of using waste and combining it with other materials.  We will start by researching what is thrown out and see if there are uses for these materials.  We are of the belief that materials that are introduced as valuable and useful should not be one use products to be discarded and forgotten.  When you break down garbage into its basic elements,  there is a possibility of recombining these materials into further useful things. Landfill is simply a bad twentieth century invention.

For the first phase, Steamtank has engaged a team of engineers and designers  to help launch this multi year initiative.

We will start to develop a database of waste and hope to have a commonality to the outcome.  We will publish our research and start to explore the many uses for these materials.

We will explore the many materials and materials that are made from depletable resources and look at ways of introducing disruptive technology in order to minimize the uses of depletable materials and find replacements uses with the current discarded waste materials.

We will research emerging technology to help reduces and use waste and explore the feasibility of each technology. We will look at the possibility of invention utilizing these ideas.

Cap on Carbon

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Cap on Carbon

Cap on Carbon

A low-cost installation to reduce the air pollution.

How the system works

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News

SquishX

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SquishX

Island Upcycling

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Island Upcycling

Island Upcycling Initiatives

Island nations all burn plastic and discard in landfills or the ocean, including recyclables, globally

The problem is simple, any value to recyclable plastic is lost in the cost of moving plastic off an island. We want to see single-use throwaway plastic products removed from society in favor or benign alternatives. Banning single-use throwaways, like bags and straws is one solution, and produce responsibly for the lifecycle of products and packaging is another.

An Island Solution

By creating a portable mold system, powered by solar, wind, water or power grid, we are producing products from plastic waste and eliminating the need to burn or discard.

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Creating circular economies with plastic.

Local remanufacture is one part of the complex transition to a circular economy.

The kiln is strictly for durable goods used locally, like buckets and crates. While we may put some large plastics washed ashore into the kiln, we want to focus on transforming the good quality plastic on islands to be remanufactured into something new, rather than incinerated.

Fulcrums STEAMtank initiative, designed and developed the kiln and molds to be packable into a suitcase, it can be a complete system fitting in a suitcase along with the shredder, kiln and panels.

Solar Plastic Kiln Project

How can we avoid incineration of plastic trash in island communities? That was the question answered by the development of The Solar Plastic Kiln, which uses the power of the sun to melt common plastic ocean pollution into useful materials like bricks or boards. The 5 Gyres Institute worked with Swift Engineering, STEAMtank, and Packaging 2.0 to develop and execute the project.

The Solar Plastic Kiln piloted in the Bahamas in 2016 and was further developed with the support of 11th Hour Racing to also include a plastic shredder. This consumer-oriented practical solution, developed under the direction of Dr. Marcus Eriksen, 5 Gyres’ Co-Founder and Research Director, is displayed through June 2017 in the 11th Hour Racing Exploration Zone at the Bermuda base of Sir Ben Ainslie’s British America’s Cup team, Land Rover BAR. Visitors are able to shred plastic, which is not recycled in Bermuda, and turn it into flower pots.

Project Sponsors

Photos above credit to Harry KH/Land Rover BAR

The design uses solar panels to create electricity, elements (like those found in a toaster oven) to heat metal plates, and simple aluminum molds to reform durable plastic goods, such as buckets and crates made from polyethylene and polypropylene. The plastic is melted to prevent the formation of furans or dioxins. “We’re not about to tell someone, ‘Stop using plastic buckets to fetch water,'” Eriksen said. “But now we can say, ‘Don’t burn that broken bucket. We have a better idea.'”

Concept Vehicle

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Concept Vehicle

Concept Vehicle

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