sustainability

In ecology, sustainability (from sustain and ability) is the property of biological systems to remain diverse and productive indefinitely. Long-lived and healthy wetlands and forests are examples of sustainable biological systems. In more general terms, sustainability is the endurance of systems and processes.

 

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Waag's TextileLab showcased different open source, collaborative research projects during DDW for everyone to learn about textile innovation.

 

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Ista Boszhard presents Waag's TextileLab Amsterdam and its vision on sustainability at the Budapest Fashion & Tech Summit 2019.

 

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Waag is a regular guest at the annual Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. You can find us at different locations between 19-27 October.

 

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During Museumnacht Amsterdam we will search for answers to the social and ecological challenges of our time, with performances, lectures and an exhibition. What would your planet B look like?

 

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At Dutch Design Week, Waag's TextileLab explores materials & materiality as medium for understanding ecologies, tradition & foster collaborative knowledge creation.

 

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28-06-2019

REFLOW

REFLOW is a three year European research project into the flow of materials through our cities.

 

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What were the lessons learned from our Social Tech Tour? Researcher Isabella Krammer dives into the matter.

 

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We have been measuring particulate matter over the past 6 months in Amsterdam. What are the results?

 

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The Fab City Summit returns to Amsterdam in 2019. Programme developer Karen van der Moolen of Waag participates.

 

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Where would we be without plastic? The Social Tech Tour visited vanPlestik, that uses 100% recycled plastic for 3D printer filament.

 

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The first stop of the Social Tech Tour tour brought us to OneFarm at A Lab in the North of Amsterdam. Isabella reports.

 

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The Social Tech Tour is a series of site visits to innovative, tech-enabled social enterprises. This edition we'll visit Fairfood.

 

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Talks & exhibition on creative research, speculative design, sustainability and social innovation in the field of fashion, textiles and materials.

 

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The Social Tech Tour is a series of site visits to innovative, tech-enabled social enterprises. This edition we'll visit 02025.

 

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The Social Tech Tour is a series of site visits to innovative, tech-enabled social enterprises. This edition we'll visit vanPlestik.

 

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The Social Tech Tour is a series of site visits to innovative, tech-enabled social enterprises. This edition we'll visit OneFarm.

 

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Are you working on sustainability and curious to know how new, open technologies can contribute? Join the Amsterdam Social Tech Tour.

 

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No lack of attention for the people of our TextileLab. They are now featured in a video of circular platform Circl in Amsterdam.

 

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Students of the Master Industrial Design (MID) programme at the KABK have followed a BioPlastics workshop in the Waag.

 

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In this trash hacking workshop on 29 November we will try to recycle an impossible type of waste: cigarettes butts.

 

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A fine two-page portrait of Eva Couwens and Bas van Abel of Fairphone in the Dutch newspaper Trouw.

 

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When it comes to food, our demands are high. Could blockchain be the solution to the lack of transparency in de food chain?

 

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Master Industrial Design students worked on design projects that focus on the unethical and environmental unfriendly realities of the current textile and clothing industry.

 

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DSI talks is a series of events that investigates technologies and their ability to solve sustainable challenges.

 

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What if we could share data on our terms to prevent the waste of food, energy or other valuable resources?

 

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How can blockchain help solving sustainability challenges? We look at the much-discussed blockchain technology and look critically at it from a sustainability perspective.

 

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How could open-source technologies help in solving sustainability challenges?

 

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Fairphone announces a research on the challenges associated with sourcing recycled materials in the electronics industry.

 

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During these open sessions we explore what 'Doughnut Economics' by Kate Raworth can mean for innovation and technology.

 

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In this critical making workshop we will have time to waste. Discover how one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, while reviving your old toys with tech-artist Edwin Dertien.

 

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Fukushima Café is a free public event which addresses the issue of the March 11th, 2011 nuclear meltdown of the nuclear powerplant at Fukushima in Japan.

 

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On 13 December, 2017, the final workshop of FabSchool took place at the Waag, where children demonstrated their sustainable solutions.

 

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As the means of digital fabrication become mainstream, the challenge of the maker movement lies in defining its values of sustainability, openness and critical making more visibly, says Marleen Stikker at the celebration of a decade of Fablab Amsterdam.

 

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Out of the 17 brands represented in the assessment, only three - Dell, Fairphone and HP - provide all spare parts and repair manuals. A few best-in-class products they found, such as Fairphone, show that designing with repairability in mind is possible.

 

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Bas van Abel of Fairphone has won the German Environmental Award', the most important environmental award of the country. The Amsterdam smartphone maker receives a prize of 250,000 euro. The award ceremony will be on 30 October 2016 and the prize will be handed out by the German president Joachim Gauck.

 

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Food is one of humanity's primary needs—something that connects everyone. Because our food touches on almost all the social and environmental issues of our time, it's one of the most complex subjects you can broach. Food security, meaning sufficient amounts of nutritious food for a growing world population, is one of the greatest challenges our generations will face.

 

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The FabCity campus in Amsterdam showed many practical examples of sustainable housing.

 

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At the recent Dutch Innovation Expo, the society was nearly invisible. Are we using the ability to innovate of the society itself to its full extent? Should we not change our innovation policy?

 

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3D printers, like the Ultimakers we have in our Fablab, use a kind of plastic to create objects, usually PLA, which is biodegradable and is derived from renewable resources.

 

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Fairtrade certified gold is now part of the Fairphone 2 supply chain. Fairphone 2 owners are supporting Fairtrade gold miners and their communities in Peru.

 

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The climate is hot. Litterally. In December, 196 countries signed an agreement in Paris during COP21 to bring down the CO2 emission levels. An important development. We need the government leaders on the barricades.

 

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Fairphone 2 has received the highest possible repairability score of the iFixit website: 10 out of 10. This is the first time that a device received this score in one their popular 'Teardowns'.

 

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Marleen Stikker will participate in a programme at Pakhuis de Zwijger on 27 October to celebrate the 740th anniversary of Amsterdam and to look forward to the celebration of 750 years in ten years time.

 

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Wednesday 30 September was the deadline for crowdfunding of the second version of Fairphone, the partly modular smartphone that aims to be a fair and sustainable product.

 

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A smart Dutch invention for everyone with (young) children: a bike that easily transforms from a tricycle into a step into a first bicycle.

 

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During the Social Enterprise Day on 22 May 2015, Fairphone was announced winner of the 'Social Enterprise Award'.

 

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A presentation of projects and a discussion about ‘bio-hacking’, moderated by Petran Kockelkoren, with Ine Gevers, organiser of the art manifestation Hacking Habitat in Utrecht, and with Pieter van Boheemen, of Waag's Open Wetlab, and initiator of the BioHack Academy.

 

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Fairphone is the most sustainable electronics firm. The company reduces its impact on the environment by focussing on recycling and extending the lifespan of the devices.

 

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Greenhouse gas emissions from the livestock sector are estimated to account for 14.5 per cent of the global total.

 

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How attached are makers to their objects and what are the effects of digital DIY on the environment?

 

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The whole Nieuwmarkt square will be transformed into a world of textiles. But, what makes it extra special?

 

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In the past weeks I worked on the Low-cost self-adjustable lower leg prosthesis during my internship at Waag. In this period of 13 weeks I focused on the case (that is the top piece of the prothesis, carrying the stump of the patient) and the mechanism that connects the case to the prosthesis. In my research, I combined several natural fibres with polyurethane resin to create a composite material for the casing.

 

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The atlas of energy labels puts all buildings in The Netherlands and their respective energy labels on the map. Developers Bert Spaan and Taco van Dijk and project manager Job Spierings of Waag have developed the online interactive version.

 

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The live tv programme Zapplive on 7 November at 17.15 hrs featured another DIY-tech item. This time, Lukie & Fairphone dissected old mobiles with the kids.

 

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Fairphone has published a cost breakdown of the first phone, showing all elements in the production cost.

 

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From 15-21 September 2013 the Amsterdam Urban Innovation Week 2013 will be held, initiated by Pakhuis de Zwijger in collaboration with PICNIC, Waag, the Amsterdam City Council and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

 

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Fairphone has reached its first milestone: in just three weeks, more than 5,000 people have pre-ordered their new smartphones online. This enables the Dutch social enterprise to start production of its first phone.

 

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For years our two ScratchWorx installations were used as educational VJ/DJ-tools. One of the interactive consoles did even travel on a tour with rapper Ali B. And we held numerous workshops on several locations with them. But for some time already they were just gathering dust. Now, we've found a new destination for them.

 

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Our project developer Karien Vermeulen talks to the Dutch Education magazine about our experience with creating GPS routes and urban mining in the classroom.

 

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On 18 November the Dutch television organisation KRO broadcasted a report about tin mining.

 

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Netbeheer Netherlands, Alliander and Waag took the initiative for a fair energy meter at the conference Metering, Billing/CRM Europe 2012 in Amsterdam RAI. The Fair Meter Initiative contributes to a sustainable future for the energy sector. In the coming years we change to smart power meters that give consumers insight into their energy consumption. But is the production of these smart meters also durable and transparent?

 

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Dit jaar zal Waag weer aanwezig zijn op het Llowlab tijdens het Lowlands Festival. Op dit eiland kunnen feestgangers kennismaken met wetenschap, duurzaamheid en innovatie. In samenwerking met de TU Delft zet FairPhone speciaal voor het festival een unieke productielijn op, waarmee jouw lege bioplastic bekertjes om worden gesmolten tot draad. Met een 3D printer maken wij hier vervolgens 'sleeves' voor op je mobiele telefoon van.

 

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The new MacBook Pro with a 'Retina' display: it is not upgradable, and can't be repaired. Not very sustainable.

 

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8-03-2012

FairPhone

A phone which combines beauty, innovation en user friendliness and which respects human rights.

 

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8-03-2012

Powermapping

With the project Powermapping Waag intended to involve citizens in local energy sources in urban environments.

 

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8-03-2012

Solar park

For Technika 10, Waag built a -play and discover' website where young girls (and boys) could learn more about the principles of solar energy.