Japanese Eco-homes, The Rebirth of 140-Year-Old Batteries & A New Renewable Perspective

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140-year-old rusty batteries offer huge breakthrough for energy storage

By 2030 the sales of petrol and diesel cars and vans will be banned, making the pressure for high-performance electric vehicles higher than ever. For that reason, the timing of this recent breakthrough couldn’t be better – the discovery of a much greater energy density was found in, strangely enough, a 140-year-old battery.

What should a responsible brand look like?

tree and sky

Selected by Hark’s latest recruit, Abbie Moakes (Lead Designer), this article tackles the topic of modern sustainability in the working world. Rife with greenwashing and sustainability-for-appearances, what does a responsible brand really need to do to make an impact?

For me, a truly sustainable brand of the future is a regenerative one – one that gives back more than it takes. A brand that is not ­focused on doing less harm but is actually adding value back to the ecosystem it’s a part of. That actually uses science-based standards, instead of defining it themselves, and really being part of the solution.

emma tucker – creative review

Testing Swap – An Exploration of QA at Sonos

sonos tech blog

Product development and quality assurance go hand in hand. Any good product has to be thoroughly tried and tested before getting anywhere near the end-user – otherwise, your credibility could be at stake and a problem discovered by the end-user could cause big problems. In this article, SONOS discuss thorough testing protocols for truly gleaming end products.

An aerial perspective on renewable energy

Renewable generation continues to reshape the Earth’s landscapes, to its aid or to its detriment is a matter of how sustainably a renewable farm is deployed. One thing can be agreed upon, Jamey Stillings’ series of photographs offers a new perspective of the integration of clean energy into the landscape, over a number of years. These photographs are quite a spectacle and encourage awareness of renewable energy on our planet.

The Future of Sustainability in Japan: Paving the Way to Net Zero Energy Housing

Tokyo, March 14 2014 – Chofu House by Daisuke Sugawara

“Combining the greatest technological innovations with inexplicable beauty, Japan is continuously moving towards a greener future.” – What can we learn from Japan’s implementation of eco-homes into Japanese neighbourhoods and could this set a trend for the rest of the world? In any case, it’s safe to say the balance between sustainable and beautiful has been absolutely nailed with these homes, setting a solid par for the eco-home movement.

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