How might we re-define waste as a sustainable design resource?
The industrial revolution and the onset of mass production have seriously depleted many of the earth's primary resources. It is becoming more and more difficult and costly to extract. The waste we produce will become more and more valuable as we discover new ways to utilise it.
Sandra Sassow sees waste as fuel. Her startup SEaB energy turns a neighbourhood or business into its own power plant with closed-loop systems known as the Flexibuster (for food waste) and the Muckbuster (for agricultural waste). The systems, which fit into a shipping container, generate electricity and heat that are sent to a microgrid to be shared between neighbours.