Ecotribo Eco Designs that will change the world- Part 2

Ecotribo Eco Designs that will change the world- Part 2

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Part two of Ecotribo Designs that will change the world. As per the previous post I thought it would be a good idea to explore, in more detail, the stories behind some of our favourite designs, with a focus on the eco and environmental design solutions which excite us this year. There were quite a few that we believe will, or could have a fundamentally positive effect on our planet and therefore need promoting as much as possible. So over the next few months, we will go into a bit more depth into each of them so please stay tuned and sign up to the blog, so you make sure you don’t miss out.

Have you seen the eco innitiative from Addidas which is having a massive affect on the clothing and shoe industry.

Plastic Waste – Designing, prototyping, manufacturing a circular, local economy

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I have been on a journey of discovery for quite a while. As a surfer for over 30 years I love the sea, I grew up in South Africa on the beach surfing every day. My daughter is called Oceana and I have always found my happy place anywhere where there was water. Having spent many days doing beach cleans, I wanted to find positive solutions to the waste we find on our beaches. As a designer I knew I could make a positive impact and demonstrate the value of this plastic we so carelessly throw away by making practical things from plastic waste.

New range of surf & home products made in the UK from recycled ocean plastic

I was first inspired by Dave Hakkens at Precious plastic a few years ago and the great work that they have been doing with regard to finding solutions to plastic waste.  Since then I have been experimenting with various waste streams over the last year and am now ready to make this dream a reality. I have located the right machinery to recycle, shred and injection mould our surf & home products and now busy finalising the CAD models for the first in a range of products we hope to launch in the summer of 2018.

Here is a sneak peak of one of the products to be made from ocean plastic waste and post-consumer waste.

We have been experimenting with recycling local plastic waste streams and finding the right materials that work for our products and have found HDPE to be the ideal. Check out a closeup of the material below.

The machines are expensive but I feel it’s important to make this a reality and be the change we want to see in the world. The plan is in place and it’s coming together. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more or support us on our quest to help clean up our oceans, raise awareness of plastic waste, contribute positively to a better environment and a more sustainable circular economy.

I was first inspired by Dave Hakkens at Precious plastic a few years ago and the great work that they have been doing with regard to finding solutions to plastic waste.  Since then I have been experimenting with various waste streams over the last year and am now ready to make this dream a reality. I have located the right machinery to recycle, shred and injection mould our surf & home products and now busy finalising the CAD models for the first in a range of products we hope to launch in the summer of 2018.

Here is a sneak peak of one of the products to be made from ocean plastic waste and post-consumer waste.

OceanX Bicycle Mudguards made from recycled Ocean Plastics now on Kickstarter

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Since the launch of Ecotribo we have been on a mission to make a sustainable design business and have been trying to develop strategies of pollution prevention, eco product development. I have been super busy and working with some exciting brands with this objective in mind. 

This year I have been doing a R&D project with a large European food brand. I can’t currently share the project details but now I can finally share the other project I have been super excited about! The Rideguard OceanX Kickstarter project.

Please pledge to the campaign on Kickstarter

A collaboration with Bristol bike company, Rideguard

I am collaborating with Rideguard who are a wonderful local Bristol Business who have been making mudguards for over 4 years. Rideguard have been using post industrial waste plastics for their current range but Ecotribo are now helping them go even further. I have been working with Ben Gaby at Rideguard to develop a new range made form Ocean Plastics.  We’re proud to introduce the OceanX range of bike mudguards/fenders, made from 100% recycled fishing nets which has been launched on Kickstarter. Please check out the project and make a pledge if you can. 

The OceanX range of designs

By choosing this material we will be preventing nets from being discarded in our oceans, where they cause large-scale damage to marine ecosystems and animals, before breaking down into micro-plastics and ending up in the food chain and the fish we eat. The recycled fishing net material reduces C02 emissions by up to 95% compared to virgin plastics. The material is completely recycled and recyclable in kerbside council pickups.

This is more than just a range of mudguards, it’s about how the cycling industry can be the change that we want to see. 

With this campaign alone we aim to take 1 ton of Ocean waste out of the seas and turn it into rad bike gear. This is just the start of our journey as we hope to create a range of cycling gear made from recycled ocean plastic waste. Please support us and visit, make a pledge and share!

The OceanX Mudguard Range. Designed to universally fit Mountain Bikes, Disk Equipped Gravel, Road, CX, and Hybrid Bikes. 

•  Vision Front Gravel Mudguard. Fits Disc Brake Equipped Gravel, Cross, Road, and Hybrid Bikes. 

•  Gaiter Rear Gravel Mudguard. Neatly clips onto all standard saddle rails. 

•  PF1 Front Mountain Bike Mudguard. Fits all modern MTBs with suspension forks. 

•  PF2 Rear Mountain Bike Mudguard. Neatly clips onto all standard saddle rails.

Please follow the OceanX campaign on Kickstarter today and share with your friends

How blue Jeans are going green

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The future of indigo dying jeans is now foam. Manufacturers are now breaking with the usual wasteful methods of jeans production providing a positive solution to the environment. Wrangler, along with jeans company Lee, was an early investor in a new method of denim dyeing, developed at Texas Tech, that foregoes the yards of dye vats for a more streamlined process that transmits indigo dye via foam. Not only does the foam dyeing method do away with the potential for water waste at the end of the manufacturing process, which is one of the most environmentally damaging aspects of one of the world’s most resource-intensive industries, but it drives down energy usage, too.

Using foam, a team at the university’s Fiber & Biopolymer Research Institute has developed a way to successfully apply indigo dye to cotton yarns. The small-scale, controlled system reduces the amount of water required and lessens the time it takes to complete the process. 

Dean Ethridge, a research professor with Tech’s Department of Plant and Soil Science, is leading the effort. The foam dyeing process requires 60% less energy and mitigates waste by the same percentage. The new method, which they call “Indigood,” eliminates over 99% of water from the dyeing process. In the foam-dyeing method, the yarn is passed through three chambers, where its sprayed with foam infused with indigo dye. The chambers are completely sealed and filled with nitrogen, which helps the dye absorb into the yarn. To roll out this innovative new dyeing process, Wrangler worked with a mill in Valencia, Spain called Tejidos Royo, that became the first textile operation to host the new method.

A country that is not only carbon neutral, its carbon negative

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The UK of tomorrow, as well as the rest of the world, can achieve zero-emissions and I can share with you how another country is doing it. The country of Bhutan is not only achieving it but surpassing it. They also have free education for all and free electricity to ensure their citizens don’t burn their trees. They measure their country by Gross domestic Happiness rather than Gross Domestic Product.

The zero-emissions UK is a gigantic job but the benefits will also be huge. It is a dream that is now being pursued with passion by growing numbers of UK citizens. Indignant at the lack of political effort being made to curtail global warming, they have responded with mounting outrage which last week reached a peak during Extinction Rebellion’s protests in London.

The kingdom of Bhutan, deep in the Himalayas, on the border between China and India has pledged to remain carbon neutral for all time. In this illuminating talk, Bhutan’s Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay shares his country’s mission to put happiness before economic growth and set a world standard for environmental preservation.

Making the worlds first Ai generated Biomaterial.

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I have been designing and developing materials and prototyping products in the eco-space for some time now. I have created products and in the process of creating products using Ocean plastic waste. It’s obvious to all the need to find solutions to plastic waste to help our environment. In a 2 pronged attack on the problem, I have been working with Biomaterials successfully. In order to expand upon these material prototypes, I am now in the process of using artificial intelligence to aid our research and make what could be the worlds first Ai generated biomaterial.

To provide some background to this biomaterials work let me start at the beginning. My journey began by working with a variety of open source recipes and I have then continued my own exploration by creating my own recipes. I am working with a wide range of local bio-ingredients using the existing local waste streams and exploring their benefits.

There has been quite a few successes making bioplastics, bio leathers and a variety of other biomaterials. After exhausting the open source biomaterial recipes I have started developing my own recipes using waste materials and formulating new composites from materials such as coffee granules, mussel shells, eggs shells, post-industrial wood dust, etc experimenting with a range of bio-resins and binders. Its an amazing field of opportunity and provides positive design solutions to our environmental challenges. I believe that biomaterials will be our eco saviour and this field needs as much attention and assistance as possible.

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Bio Materials experiments and developments

To that end, I recently started a project with Derek Ahmedzai www.sharpshooter.org who was the developer behind a number of AI world firsts including the worlds first Ai generated cupcake with Tiny Giant and Ai generated poetry. We now plan to generate what we believe to be the first Ai generated Biomaterial recipes. We thought it fitting to celebrate Earth Day by harnessing Biomaterials, Ai and people.

We have the aim of creating exciting new Ai generated open source biomaterial recipes. We then plan to make the most feasible and successful Ai outputs, test their properties, strength and capabilities in an ongoing biomaterial project. It’s a concept that excites me as it has huge potential to save lives, relieve suffering and help maintain quality-of-life for all.

Our neural network is primed. Now we need to get access to as many databases of biomaterial recipes and material resources as possible to feed into the neural network. In order to get artificial intelligence to effectively create new interpretations, we need as much materials data as possible. If you have any open source resources or recipes that you are willing to share please get in touch.

I am in talks with the University of Bath, Materiom and exploring contacts at UWE and Bristol University. This is a collaboration that requires input from a wide range of disciplines, we need database input but humans too. Please share and get involved if you are interested.
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If materials define an age let’s ensure our generation leaves a legacy that is not defined by plastic pollution but a new bio future that will #donoharm .


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Finding solutions to plastic waste. Working with Bio Materials

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There have been some exciting developments at the tribes home base in Bristol, United Kingdom. We have been exploring the many material properties of nature and have found some amazing alternative materials that are good for the planet and can help use waste materials that would usually end up in landfill. We are currently exploring and cooking up many different materials to get a deeper understanding of their properties, the pros and cons and suitability for particular uses. Yesterday I was accepted for an exhibition in Bath where I will be able to showcase some of these experiments as well as some more realised eco-design projects.

Please visit the ‘What we are made of’ exhibition opening night at 44AD artspace: Fri 08 March (6pm8pm). It will be running for a week at 4 Abbey Street Bath BA1 1NN.

It’s still very exploratory but there have been some amazing finds. I have developed a bioplastic and have tried it in a sheet form as well as in a mould. Its made from a mix of Agar, glycerin and water. The material is very similar in property to the plastic we know when dried. This is an exciting development!

We have had some success with a material made from local coffee granules gratefully received from my favourite local cafe and coffee shop called Friska. The coffee granules make a beautiful material when mixed with a concoction of glycerin, agar and alginate. I’m still experimenting with quantities etc to make the perfect mix. It’s super robust when air dried after a few days. although there is quite a lot of shrinkage as it dries.

Bio material made form recycled coffee
Bio material made form recycled coffee

We are still developing the surf product made from recycled plastic waste. It has taken a long time as the CAD modelling has needed more adjustments and the tooling costs are looking very steep! So its been a bit of an uphill struggle finding the best way forward to fund this project. HAving said that I have some ideas up my sleave so am moving forward again with the hope to have a final 3D print ready by the end of March to show potential investors.

If you would like to keep up to date with the latest developments please follow us on Instagram @ecotribolife or sign up for the newsletter! Thanks for ready and for your support!

OCEAN – A designer chair made from recycled plastic

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OCEAN – Each piece of the chair represents a letter of the precious ocean we all share. When we work together we can find solutions. I made this recycled plastic chair “design story” to highlight the impacts that plastic pollution is having on our planet. But fundamentally to also provide a positive narrative, positive solutions and outcomes to this pollution horror story. The story can end well, there is hope for our planet! You can download my files for FREE to make your own now and share in the joy of making something useful from the pollution. There is lots of work to do and many people are finding positive solutions to the plastic problem, the tide is turning. Applying circular economy principles to global plastic pollution flows can transform the economy and dramatically reduce pollution into our precious oceans.

I have been working with recycled plastic, & eco materials, exploring design solutions to our eco-challenges for a few years. Dave Hakkens at Precious plastic has been a massive inspiration so please go check out the Precious Plastic site and start collaborating, designing, making and finding solutions.

This “OCEAN CHAIR” was made with local recycled condensed plastic sheets. I used a UK company called Stormboard who are based in Frome near where I live in Bristol. There are a few other companies now who make some beautiful, recycled plastic sheet materials in a variety of colours. I have been trying to make this material in various ways such as melting plastic milk bottles in my oven!  So I am very relieved that there are now manufacturers doing it for me ;-). I have decided to “open source” my OCEAN CHAIR files so if you interested you can make the chair yourself. Please use the files to create your own (Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International) (if you could be kind enough to credit, tag me that would be most welcome), share, adapt or get inspired and or create something new. Also if you just want to buy one please get in touch with me and we can discuss your preferred colours, material, timelines etc.

If you do make the OCEAN chair please do send me a picture I’d love to see it.

Good luck.

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Cuba: Gardens of the Queen – one of the world’s last healthy ecosystems

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Cuba: Gardens of the Queen

A beautiful story of how a protected reef became one of the world’s last healthy ecosystems.

Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen, (Jardines De La Reina), is called the crown jewel of the Caribbean. One of the few places in the world where you can see what a marine ecosystem was like thousands of years ago. It is  one of the healthiest and most vibrant marine ecosystems in the world and a wonderful example of how governments around the world can help our planet start restoring damaged ecosystems. Strictly protected since 1996, the Gardens show us what’s possible when we commit to creating healthy and abundant oceans.

Watch the video here

New range of surf & home products made in the UK from recycled ocean plastic

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[fusion_text]I have been on a journey of discovery for quite a while. As a surfer for over 30 years I love the sea, I grew up in South Africa on the beach surfing every day. My daughter is called Oceana and I have always found my happy place anywhere where there was water. Having spent many days doing beach cleans, I wanted to find positive solutions to the waste we find on our beaches. As a designer I knew I could make a positive impact and demonstrate the value of this plastic we so carelessly throw away by making practical things from plastic waste.

I was first inspired by Dave Hakkens at Precious plastic a few years ago and the great work that they have been doing with regard to finding solutions to plastic waste.  Since then I have been experimenting with various waste streams over the last year and am now ready to make this dream a reality. I have located the right machinery to recycle, shred and injection mould our surf & home products and now busy finalising the CAD models for the first in a range of products we hope to launch in the summer of 2018.

Here is a sneak peak of one of the products to be made from ocean plastic waste and post-consumer waste.

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The machines are expensive but I feel it’s important to make this a reality and be the change we want to see in the world. The plan is in place and it’s coming together. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more or support us on our quest to help clean up our oceans, raise awareness of plastic waste, contribute positively to a better environment and a more sustainable circular economy.

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