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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

The Biorecycling Machine

The Biorecycling Machine

Health and Well-being

University of New South Wales

Using the metabolism of the body to recycle 3D printing plastic waste

Arabic Eco-font For the Government

Arabic Eco-font For the Government

Plastic waste reduction

German University in Cairo

A new font that maintains readability whilst saving ink and reducing plastic waste

Plastibank

Plastibank

Cities and Communities

The Glasgow School of Art

A plastic exchange system to encourage communities to collect and recycle

Dew Sail

Dew Sail

Water and Sanitation

Bournemouth University

A new device to harvest dew in situations of water shortage

SNUGG Reusable Compostable Diapers

SNUGG Reusable Compostable Diapers

Health and Well-being

University of Johannesburg

A compostable and reusable diaper made of recycled fabric

Receipts recycling factory

Receipts recycling factory

Recycling

East China Normal University

Short range recycling solution to turn coffee shops’ waste into paper cup sleeves

The Tyre Collective

The Tyre Collective

Mobility

Royal College of Art

A system to capture and recycle micro particles of rubber from tyre usage, reducing dispersal in the environment

Chlorophyll – Film

Chlorophyll – Film

Work and Economic Growth

Royal College of Art

Using biomaterials to control pests and improve the efficiency of small scale salad farming

Worm Generation

Worm Generation

Recycling

IAAC – Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

Using mealworms to convert plastic into organic matter using their natural digestive process

Autoweeder

Autoweeder

Work and Economic Growth

Lund University

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