Environmental thoughts from Luisa, our intern from Germany :)
Bio Bottles at Design March
In March Ari Jónsson presented his contribution to use less natural resources and minimize the pollution of our planet during the Design March in Reykjavik. Design March is Iceland’s most important annual design festival covering all fields of design including architecture, graphic design, fashion, furniture and product design. His invention is a bottle made out of algae called Agar. Vegetarians and Vegans might know it from desserts as a replacement for gelatin. He mixed the pulverized algae with water, heated it up and put it in a hard form. Afterwards it is cooled down in water until it is completely firm. The good thing about the bottle is that it stays in form as long as there is water in it. However, it starts to shrink and dissolve if emptied. If the invention would be produced in large quantities, it could replace parts of the huge amounts of plastic bottles used every year from which only one quarter is recycled and the rest is waste that needs about 450 years to dissolve.
Iceland gains about 85 % of its energy from either hydro or geothermal energy and thereby from renewable sources. So it shouldn't be no surprise that an idea like a green bottle comes from an Icelander. Let’s hope that his idea will evolve and produced in large scale at some point in the near future.
If you want to learn more about how water and geothermal energy is used on the island to provide the country with energy while enjoying some of Iceland’s beautiful places the Green Iceland & The Secret Lagoon Tour might be the right thing for you. You can even come and bring a whole group of students and learn something about renewable energy while on tour in the beautiful south. Green Energy and Geology - South Iceland for Students