Craft Beer Brewers Have a New Tool to Slash Energy and Water Costs

Every business, large or small, needs to keep a careful eye on energy and water costs, but for industries that use a lot of both, such as breweries, keeping those costs down can make a huge difference in the bottom line. And for a small craft beer brewer, working on tighter margins and a smaller scale, using both water and energy in the most efficient manner is key. One option that could help brewers keep energy and water costs in…

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FarmLogs Data Platform Aims to Make the Future of Farming Smarter

If your only experience with growing food is in your garden, on a small scale, you can be forgiven for thinking that farming is a low-tech endeavor. But like most other businesses, technology has an important place in large-scale farming, whether it’s for agricultural implements and machinery or used for monitoring and tracking data that can make a difference between profitability and breaking even. An ag tech startup believes it has some insights into the future of farming, and that…

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15 Productivity Apps for Eco and Social Entrepreneurs

Running an eco or social enterprise, especially one with very few employees, means having to learn how to make the most of your time, so that every detail gets taken care of with the least amount of effort and in the least amount of time. And because many of us already use our smartphones and tablets throughout the day, productivity apps that can save time and money are a great way to leverage the technology we already know and love…

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RFID Technology Startup Tackles Perishables Freshness

With such a huge food system, where produce and other perishables have to travel long distances to get to market, possibly through several middlemen, there are a lot of variables along the way that can affect how fresh the food is by the time it arrives, including the temperatures they’re exposed to and the time it takes to get there. Perishables that have perished are no good to anyone, so keeping food fresh from the farm to the market is…

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Solar Powered Toilet Makes Biochar from Human Waste

A new type of solar-powered, waterless toilet that creates biochar from human waste could be a game-changing sanitation solution, providing a self-contained safe and sanitary toilet facility and producing a valuable agricultural resource. Those of us living in the developed world don’t often realize how good we’ve got it, and how many everyday items we take for granted, such as a sanitary toilet and running water, are not available for many people around the globe. For instance, some 2.5 billion…

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New Magnetic Water Softening Solution is Effective and Sustainable

For those of us who live in areas with hard water, dealing with the effects of mineral deposits in our bathrooms, kitchens, and water heaters can be not only a total pain in the you-know-what, but can also be an expensive endeavor. Conventional water softeners tend to require regular maintenance and rely on replenishing the salt, which can end up polluting the local water system. However, a new type of water softening process, which uses magnets instead of a salt…

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Solar Hacking Kit Makes any AA or AAA Device Solar Powered

While there are a number of solar chargers and solar gadgets already on the market, sometimes you just want to convert a device to be solar powered. But unless you’ve got some technical skills and know exactly what materials you’ll need, turning a battery-powered device into one that’s powered by the sun isn’t nearly as simple as it could be. Until now. Sparkle Labs, which features products that have a blend of art, craft, and science, and that give people…

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An Affordable Hearing Aid with a Social Mission

A revolutionary digital hearing aid, designed to fit invisibly in the ear, is being launched at an affordable price through a crowdfunding campaign that has a social component to it. With millions of people around the world suffering from hearing loss, a surprisingly low number of them turn to using a hearing aid, which can successfully treat many hearing issues. Some of the reasons that consumers eschew hearing aids are the bulky size of the units, or their high cost…

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