Exciting Sustainability

I think sustainability is the most exciting thing that has happened to mankind in a while.

Big call?

Are you thinking I have gone a little bit insane?

Let’s go back a little bit.


Definition: the property of being sustainable; the ability to sustain something; a means of configuring civilization and human activity so that society, its members and its economies are able to meet their needs and express their greatest potential in the present, while preserving biodiversity and natural ecosystems, allowing future generations to meet their needs and express their greatest potential.

Sustainability can be seen as boring. At the moment, a lot of what we think of as “fun” and as “leisure” involves a lot of waste.

Shopping, drinking, eating out.

If we were going to just be “sustained” then we should probably cut all that stuff out right?

Shop less.

Consume less.

Zero waste.

Zero carbon.

Zero life?


I believe anyone who thinks this way is doing the human brain a massive disservice.

We are smart. We can problem solve like nothing else.

This is exciting and the added challenge of climate change and population means we have the opportunity to be pushed even further and come up with more amazing ideas.

Without the pressure for renewable energy would anyone have thought to do this?

Because everyone needs to charge their iPod in a bikini.

On a more serious note, students have created “lights” for Manila slums that use old plastic bottles and bleach water to refract light all around the thousands of dark houses that have no access to natural light nor electricity. They last for 5 years and cost almost nothing to set up.

What about this German city that produces 4 x the amount of energy that it uses?

This vacuum cleaner that’s been made out of its own packaging?

Without the increased pressure to reuse materials would this old shipping yard in Amsterdam have been turned into such beautiful office spaces?

Would Singapore have created these amazing supertrees that collect rainwater and generate solar power?

They may look a little strange now, but in a year or so the projected look is a huge 101-acre conservatory that will soon blossom with 226,000 plants and flowers from all over the world.

At night it will also look simply amazing.

Other less impressive feats include Agustina Woodgate who has made this 3000 brick castle out of human hair…

Which is just gross…

But yes! The sustainability move is challenging and exciting! It is difficult but, if it were easy, then where is the fun in that?

All images are from inhabitat.com. Check it out for more stories on amazing (and gross) sustainable ideas.


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