Imagine: you’re flying to Mars and move into a permanent space station for a couple of years. Food, clothing, utensils: everything you need will have to be taken with you from home. Scarcity prevails since new stocks are highly unlikely, you can’t rely on them. Discarding something by definition means the loss of valuable commodities and stocks. Waste is not an option. All products must be suitable for a ‘closed loop’, a continuous cycle of use and re-use.
NASA is ahead of its time as a pioneer when it comes to the circular economy. Long before the sustainability trend, NASA was focusing on ‘closed loop’ technologies. That knowledge can also be used in office environments, as NASA’s Sustainability Base shows. Because of its extremely sustainable performance this building has earned the LEED Platinum certificate. Here is some of the space travel technology used:
The Sustainability Base is extremely economical and comfortable. The best of both worlds. An inspiring example of how to do things differently. Or rather: what possibilities we can expect. Because sooner or later these technologies will find their way to the market. Still not convinced? The internet is also a by-product of space technology. It is actually just like in space: the Sky is the Limit!
Every month, a new sustainability topic is discussed on the www.improve4all.nl/blog. Each topic is discussed in detail in three blog articles. At the end of the month the articles are bundled in a newsletter. In February 2016 the central topic is the circular economy.
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From ambition to realityPosted January 13, 2016 in Step 6: continuous innovation
But what about Human Capital?Posted October 21, 2015 in Step 6: continuous innovation