Posts Tagged "sustainability"

Product of the Week: WELLY Reusable Bottle

May 15, 2015
3D Innovations

Did you know… Americans use more than 29 billion plastic water bottles each year and only 1 in 6 is recycled, (National Geographic)? Our planet is being polluted with water bottles that take hundreds of years to disintegrate and create a tremendous burden on the environment. Many of these plastic bottles end up in landfills, streams and oceans. When we make the conscious effort to stop purchasing single serve bottles and invest in reusable bottles, we can start to combat this environmental issue and make our world a better place.

Our featured “Product of the Week”, WELLY Bottle, is a sustainable, filtered and sleek reusable bottle. WELLY is designed to be “an easy-to-carry, reusable, BPA-free water bottle with a built-in filter made from activated and carbonized coconut shells that purifies your water as you drink it”. The thoughtful design of WELLY is what captured our attention. From the shape of the bottle to the design of the cap, each piece was carefully crafted to be convenient and functional. Below are just a few features that make the design of WELLY standout…

  • wellyA mouthpiece that is protected within the bottle’s cap, ensuring it stays clean, yet easily accessible by tapping the bottle’s trigger
  • Bamboo hand panels you can squeeze to accelerate water flow
  • A finger loop that makes carrying your bottle by hand or on a carabiner easy and secure
  • Feet on the bottle’s bottom for stability
  • An opening large enough to accommodate ice cubes
  • A slim profile to minimize the space required to carry the bottle in a bag or purse

The company goes one step further and places emphasis on creating not only a superior bottle but one rooted in sustainability. “WELLY considers all three pillars of sustainability (environmental, economic, social) in every decision that we make. From our materials that we source to our packaging used to ship WELLY to your doorstep, we aim to minimize our carbon footprint while reducing the demand for oil and plastic from our world.”

Learn more about Welly on Kickstarter and the official website.

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Product of the Week: Planetware

April 3, 2015
3D Innovations

Earth day is right around the corner (April 22nd) and the entire month of April is “Earth Month”, and in honor of this we have decided to feature a product that is truly sustainable and aims to make our world a better place for future generations. Planetware is tableware that is good for the earth. This line of cups and tableware is made of only three natural ingredients (bamboo, rice, and corn) and is built using a zero waste process. Also, if you do ever decide to throw out one of the pieces, it will compost completely within two years, thus leaving zero impact on the earth.

planetwarePlanetware is “a full tableware line of cups, plates and bowls that not only looks good, but you can feel good using. Made of sustainable bamboo, rice husk, and corn, it’s microwave and dishwasher safe, shatterproof, and free of synthetic dyes and chemicals”.

We admire the sustainable deisgn of Planetware and the desire to take an everyday product and drastically improve upon it.

Learn more about Planetware on Kickstarter and the official website. You can also follow the company on Facebook and Instagram.

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Going Green with 3D Printing

October 11, 2013
3d-innovations.com

We are at a moment in time where everyone is trying to conduct business in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly manner (which is a great thing). That is why a recent article published on Engineering.com caught our attention, 3D Printing is Greener.

This article is reporting on a new study, “Environmental Life Cycle Analysis of Distributed Three-Dimensional Printing and Conventional Manufacturing of Polymer Products”, and the study goes beyond measuring material waste and instead delves into the realm of energy consumption. The study concludes that  “…3D printing requires between 41 and 68 percent less energy than making these items in a factory”.  It also states,  “The bottom line is, we can get substantial reductions in energy and CO2 emissions from making things at home. And the home manufacturer would be motivated to do the right thing and use less energy, because it costs so much less to make things on a 3D printer than to buy them off the shelf or on the Internet.”

We found this article to be extremely interesting, but since it is only a single study we wanted to see if any additional research teams had come to this same conclusion, and indeed we found a study conducted by the UC Berkeley mechanical engineering department, in which they released the following article, Is 3D printing an environmental win?, in it they also compare the energy component of 3D printing and traditional manufacturing. They conclude that “…3D printing can be greener, if it’s the right kind (FDM); but again, the biggest environmental win comes from sharing the fewest tools so each has the most utilization.”

There is always progress to be made when it comes to being environmentally friendly; but from what we are seeing so far, 3D printing is on its way to becoming a leading sustainable technology.

Please feel free to share your thoughts on these articles with us!

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