The future of sustainable urban development may be hidden in this part of Denmark | Feel Good Weekly

  • To be honest, this tree is my kitchen
  • In this district of Copenhagen, it only takes five minutes to go anywhere
  • The first artificial "boiled egg" is here, it doesn't look like a real egg yet
  • Nike's next new product, the carbon footprint may be negative?
  • Nimble: One step forward to making better electronic product accessories

To be honest, this tree is my kitchen

At Milan Design Week in 2021, Italian kitchen brand Aran Cucine and Italian architect Stefano Boeri brought together Oasi, a kitchen component with sustainable development and communication as the core.

Oasi includes everything you need to use in the kitchen-storage cabinets, stoves, dishwashers, and even pull out a small table for you to sit in a row with friends and relatives for dinner.

At the same time, the center of Oasi is something you don't think the kitchen needs much-a tree.

This tree is really not a decoration.

Oasi not only has an automatic irrigation system built in, but also special kitchen waste treatment equipment, which turns the kitchen waste into fertilizer for trees.

In addition, trees also represent reunion and growth in a symbolic sense.

As you grow, the tree will grow on its own, just like a family.

This area of ​​Copenhagen not only wants to be a "five-minute city", but also wants to be a center of sustainable development

In 2016, Columbia scholar Carlos Moreno proposed the urban planning concept of "15-minute city"-allowing urban residents to meet the needs of food, clothing, housing, transportation, education and entertainment within 15 minutes of walking or cycling.

▲ A 15-minute city imagination, pictured from Here 360

If this sounds very ideal, then we have to learn more about the "5 minute city" that sounds more extreme.

Nordhavn is located outside Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. Although the urban transformation will not be completed until 2050, it is precisely because of the planning concept of a "5 minute city" that the current completed construction in this area can accommodate nearly 5,000 residents.

Compared with general urban blocks, Nordhavn has more bicycle lanes and sidewalks. Moreover, with the help of the new metro line, Nordhavn can get to the center of Copenhagen in only 20 minutes.

▲ Nordhavn Metro Station

However, the concept of "5-minute city" is not yet the most important indicator of Nordhavn. Another important identity of this former industrial zone is the pioneer of sustainable urban development.

In addition to allowing residents to "green travel", it also has many other settings.

One of the earliest completed buildings belongs to the "EnergyLab Nordhavn" project. Here, a number of local companies, power suppliers, and government agencies have spent five years working together to solve the problems of energy-saving heating systems, electric transportation infrastructure, and power storage systems, laying the foundation for the sustainable development of the city.

In addition, every building needs to contribute to the sustainable development of the city.

▲ Copenhagen International School

The Copenhagen International School has the largest local solar panel installed on the roof; the Meny supermarket is equipped with specific equipment to capture the heat exhausted by the refrigeration system and convert it into heating energy for the area; residents of Harbour Park get it from time to time Open its heating system to help government agencies recalibrate and optimize the city's thermal energy system according to weather changes; the local "energy data center" collects and monitors the energy consumption of the entire city for more efficient distribution and planning in the future energy.

The German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) believes that Nordhavn "is indeed a pioneer project" and believes that it has become the "benchmark" for sustainable urban planning.

But the design team behind Nordhavn said frankly that their creativity is maintaining the "pioneer" status for a certain period of time, because no one knows what the future will be. "We will have to make adjustments and leave more room for development in the future. "

The first artificial "boiled egg" is here, it doesn't look like a real egg yet

Crafty Counter, a Texas startup in the United States, has released what it calls the world's first plant-based "boiled egg"-WunderEggs, which is expected to be listed before the end of 2021.

Officials claim that WunderEggs cooks and tastes like real eggs. The main ingredients are almonds and cashew nuts, as well as coconut milk, turmeric powder and salt.

But from the photos, the "egg yolk" is not particularly strong and relatively moist.

This reminds me of a colleague who ate boiled eggs in the office one afternoon. Following the requirements of the fitness coach, this colleague ate the boiled eggs and only ate the egg whites. The yolk was thrown away. Even he himself shouted, "You have committed sins!"

Perhaps, if the "artificial boiled eggs" really mature in the future, some boiled eggs without yolk can be made to perfectly meet the needs of some people.

Nike's next new product, the carbon footprint may be negative?

Recently, Nike announced a partnership with California biotechnology company Newlight Technologies.

The "AirCarbon" material developed by the latter is a material made from microorganisms in the ocean, which captures more greenhouse gases than it produces. According to an independent agency's assessment, the production process of one kilogram of AirCarbon will consume 88 kilograms of methane. Moreover, this new material can be degraded in the home composting environment, and at the same time, it can also be degraded in the ocean and soil.

▲ AirCarbon material

Newlight CEO Mark Herrema bluntly stated that the company's goal is to scale the application of materials, and Nike is a good partner.

Next, Nike will experiment with AirCarbon instead of "high-carbon" materials such as plastic and leather. Statistics point out that 70% of Nike's carbon footprint comes from product raw materials.

Nimble: One step forward to making better electronic product accessories

We really feel that the business model of electronic product accessories is broken.

Kevin Malinowski said that he used to work for the famous electronic accessories brand Mophie, and decided to start Nimble with his colleagues, in order to make electronic product accessories more friendly to the environment and consumers.

Nimble's concept is actually very simple, optimizing electronic product accessories from design, production and recycling.

Take the wireless charging board Apollo as an example.

On this wireless charging board, plastic, silicone and alloy recycled from the consumer are applied, and the carbon footprint is 8.76 pounds less than that of the same type of product. In addition, the charging board is designed to be as thin as possible, and this compact design reduces the consumption of raw materials.

The outer packaging box of the charging board has no plastic components, the paper is recycled paper, and the ink dyeing used is harmless.

A sustainable product should be used as long as possible. The charging pad and other Nimble products come with a two-year warranty.

Finally, each Nimble product contains a gray plastic bag, but the purpose of this bag is not to keep users, but to provide users with a channel for recycling old equipment.

The user can put up to 1kg of electronic waste at home into this bag at a time, and send it back to Nimble by the other party's prepaid method. The latter will disassemble and recycle it through the partner.

Over the years, Nimble has also continued to increase the types of recycled materials it uses. In addition to the materials mentioned above, Nimble has also applied recycled aluminum and recycled polycarbonate in its products (that is, materials used for DVDs and CDs that have not been seen for a long time. ) And organic hemp fiber.

Although Nimble's products are not "disruptive innovation," they also provide consumers with a more responsible choice. More importantly, it also allows more people to realize that even without sacrificing the original experience, we can make better choices about the environment.

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