Four innovations from 2015 that will make our world a little bit better in 2016

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Every year, an abundance of new eco-living products hit the market, and this year was no different. Let’s take a look at the four best sustainable living ideas of 2015…

It seems as though all you have to do to convince someone to splash a little more cash, be it on food, skin care, clothing or technology, is to slap the words ‘green’ or ‘eco’ on the label. But buying green doesn’t necessarily mean living green – ‘green’ is a way of life, not the use of organic shampoo.

A mecca for those embracing an eco lifestyle proper, however, is the Green Living Show. North America’s largest green consumer event, every year the Green Living Show showcases the best new products for sustainable living. From start-ups to large organizations, the show presents the future in eco design, technology, food, and wellness from across the globe.

So, what did this year’s show have to offer? Find out below.


1. NanoLeaf

What is it? The world’s most energy efficient lightbulb

Founded by a team of post-graduate students at the University of Toronto, NanoLeaf is the most energy efficient LED lightbulb on the planet. Not only is it an incredible advancement in technology, but, when lit, the origami-like aesthetic of its folded circuit-board exterior is the Instagram gold. NanoLeaf bulbs are meant to last up to 27 years when used efficiently, meaning a reduction in energy prices but also in glass waste. There are currently three NanLeaf bulbs available: the Ivy and the Gem, which are self-dimming and, when wirelessly connected the the NanoLeaf Hub, can be turned on/off and changed colour by voice control or your iPhone.

2. VanHawks

What is it? A bluetooth-directed bike

Following your sat nav whilst dodging unruly drivers on the daily cycle commute is a tough task. The team at VanHawks have created a solution to the challenge in the form of the Valour, the world’s first bluetooth-directed bicycle. Controlled by an app that is downloadable on any iOS device, the bike is led by a pre-decided route set on Google Maps (or something similar) and has LED lights on the front handlebar to direct riders, allowing them to keep their eyes on the road and off their phone. The bike is also equipped with built-in front and rear lights and an advanced sonar reader in the back wheel, which triggers a vibration in the handlebars to let riders know when a car or bike is in their blind spot. And, lest we forget, the bike itself is a very sexy piece of kit.


Left to right: NanoLeaf, VanHawks, Revelo FLEX, Think Dirty.

Left to right: NanoLeaf, VanHawks, Revelo FLEX, Think Dirty.


3. Think Dirty

What is it? An ingredients app for beauty products

Created by Lily Tsu, Think Dirty is an incredible app that helps consumers understand the ingredients in their health and beauty products. With a long history of cancer in her family, Tsu decided to start researching the various causes attributed to breast cancer, discovering that many of the chemicals and parabens found in our favourite products can be carcinogenic or encourage negative bodily reactions (like rashes, indigestion and migraines, for example). With the Think Dirty App, users are able to scan an item to see a full list of ingredients and see their corresponding ‘clean/dirty’ rating, ranging from 1 to 10. With her app, Tsu is looking to empower and educate consumers so that they can make informed decisions when choosing beauty products in the future.

4. Revelo FLEX

What is it? A folding, portable electric bicycle

In 2010, avid cyclist Henry Chong, from Toronto, founded the Revelo Electric Bike. One of the most portable, ergonomic and affordable electric bikes on the market right now, the Revelo Electric Bike is the perfect urbanite’s companion. Ultra-light, most electric bikes currently on the market are incredibly clunky and inefficient – the Revelo FLEX can travel up to 30km (20 miles) on its lithium-ion battery, with the battery itself set to last over 1,000 full recharges (that’s the equivalent of approximately 4 to 5 years of average use). Chong hoped that by creating a more attractive and efficient electric bike he would not replace the regualr push bike, but offer a speedy and emission-free alternative to cars or public transport.

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