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We rarely know what happens to our waste. Unsustainable manufacturing practices and the lack of systematic processes for collection and disposal have generated a global waste crisis, particularly in the developing world. This year's applications show radical approaches that create new opportunities, from changing our usual waste habits to promoting circular manufacturing processes and developing biomaterials that give new life to waste. Whilst individually they may be just small steps, together they mark a real shift towards a more sustainable life on Earth.

Dateform

Dateform

Work and Economic Growth

Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI)

A new system to process date farming byproducts into a range of upcycled materials

Effects of Replacing Cement by Date Palm Trees Wastes on Concrete Performance

Effects of Replacing Cement by Date Palm Trees Wastes on Concrete Performance

Concrete

University of Buraimi

Using Palm leaves fibres and ash to reduce cement content in concrete

Autoweeder

Autoweeder

Work and Economic Growth

Lund University

An affordable, small weeding robot to help small farms run more efficiently

Bacterial Dye – the Pigment of the Future

Bacterial Dye – the Pigment of the Future

Water and Sanitation

KADK – The Royal Danish Academy

Using bacteria to create natural dyes and reduce the need for toxic chemicals

PET Sandals

PET Sandals

Poverty and Hunger

Makerere University

Accessible technology to turn plastic waste into affordable shoes

Potential energies

Potential energies

Water and Sanitation

École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle (ENSCI)

Using water evaporation and composting to create natural cooling and warming systems

Tube 7 – Modular Lamp Design

Tube 7 – Modular Lamp Design

Energy

National Cheng Kung University

A kit to let anyone turn plastic bottles into light sculptures

Airtomo Air Purification System

Airtomo Air Purification System

Health and Well-being

National University of Singapore

A new, nature-inspired system to purify air in underground environments

Invisible Heroes

Invisible Heroes

Sustainable fashion

Bangalore University

Hard-wearing, protective clothing for waste-handlers made of organic fabric

Papua Noken Material as Alternative Products

Papua Noken Material as Alternative Products

Biomaterials

Pelita Harapan University

Using traditional Papua weaving techniques to make new products from wood fibres