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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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?

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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

 

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?

 

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