To These Groups, Every Day Is Earth Day
This weekend marked the annual Earth Day celebration, where major metros around the globe showed their appreciation for Mother Nature and celebrated the groups that advocate for the environment on a regular basis. In spirit of Earth Day, we compiled a list of cool environmental and clean tech companies and innovative products that are contributing to a greener, healthier planet:
- Hyperloop One – One of the biggest talks of the town is Elon Musk’s Hyperloop initiative, which strives to connect major metros through high-speed tunnels powered by solar energy. Not only will the new rollout cut back on travel time for people, but it will also reduce the environmental impact of transportation by taking cars off the road. To speed up the process, Hyperloop announced they will host a race this summer awarding the engineer that can design the fastest moving pod for Hyperloop.
- Etsy’s DIVERTsy – Etsy, a company dedicated to running zero waste operations by 2020, has shared the customizable code called DIVERTsy, which helps the company manage waste that leaves their building. Coupled with hardware, the code measures landfill, recycling, compost, electronic materials, food scraps and other waste to give businesses an accurate sense of their output and help develop plans for minimizing waste. Etsy is setting the bar high by giving corporate buildings the responsibility of managing their waste. The software can be downloaded here.
- Molekule – Believe it or not, indoor air is 5x more polluted than outdoor air, and the average U.S. citizen spends most of their day indoors (around 90 percent to be more specific). Molekule is the world’s first molecular air purifier that breaks down harmful microscopic pollutants in your home, including allergens, mold, bacteria, viruses and sometimes even airborne diseases, giving you a clean, fresh breath of air.
- The Seabin – Powered by 12 volt submersible water pumps, the Seabin collects trash, oils and pollutants floating on the surface of our marinas, docks and commercial ports in contribution to the battle against global oceanic littering.
- Sense – Sense is a home energy monitor that gives consumers an understanding for how much energy each of their appliances, lights and devices are expending. Once set up, Sense automatically picks up on the various devices around your home based on their wattage. Over time, the Sense monitor trains itself to learn new devices, distinguishing when someone in your household is blow-drying their hair or charging their phone. Sense customers use the device to cut down on their energy bills and conserve a valuable resource.
- Apana – Outside of energy, people should also be wary of their water usage, especially in times of drought. In steps Apana, an analytics service for businesses that shows how much water they’re wasting and presents strategies for cutting back on usage. According to Apana, 20-25 percent of water use is avoidable. The platform analyzes operational use patterns, identifies flaws in water infrastructure and provides actionable data on how to minimize water waste by employees.
- Greenpeace’s VR Explorer – Greenpeace is a NGO operating out of 40 global locations that works toward solving some of the world’s most pressing environmental dilemmas. The group recently launched a VR app called Greenpeace VR Explorer, which brings viewers face to face with major wildlife habitats like The Amazon and The Artic and presents some of the urgent climate challenges these areas face. The group plans to expand their visual storytelling this year to urge consumers to give back to their planet.
- Drones in the Wild – A recent trend among scientists and researchers is the use drones for conservation. Specifically, advocates use these hovering bots to monitor endangered species and help fight illegal deforesting, poaching and destruction. Animals that have been under drone operators’ watchful eyes are the rhinos, elephants and whales.
- Drones for Ag – Last year, farmers were given the go-ahead to implement drones in their farming operations. With drones, farmers are able to monitor their crops, scope out weeds and pests, and spray fertilizer and pesticide. The ag drone market is projected to to become a $32B market.
- Photovolaic Solar Technology – One of the biggest issues with traditional solar panels is their large size and appearance. Photovoltaic technology offers an alternative to these clunky panels, taking the form of sleek, see-through material that coats windows and displays. Companies innovating this space include Ubiquitous Energy, NanoFlex Power and Solar Window Technologies.
Tell us about some of your favorite environmental, clean tech companies in the comments.