More so now than ever the future of the Earth depends on the decisions we make in our day to day lives.

Whether it’s recycling all your household waste, boycotting all single use plastics, adopting a plant-based diet or vegan lifestyle or composting your own food waste: there is a plethora of things we can each do to protect our planet. With the world on lockdown, major drops in hazardous pollutants have been recorded.

Inventors from all corners of the earth are aiming to make a lasting and impactful difference on the way the world operates. These creations will help build a more sustainable lifestyle for all humans and in doing so protect our planet for future generations.

Here are 12 ingenious inventions that will help save Earth:

1. Liter of light 

Liter of Light turn old plastic bottles into overhead solar lights. Volunteers travel around the world to teach underprivelaged communities how to use recycled plastic bottles and locally sourced materials to create lights that will illuminate their homes, businesses, and streets.


2. Edible packaging

Not Pla, a sustainable packaging start up, has invented edible packaging. Plastic water bottles and other single-use packaging could soon be a thing of the past. Not Pla creates ‘advanced packaging solutions that disappear, naturally’.



3. Mr Trash Wheel

Mr Trash Wheel is a semi-autonomous garbage interceptor. Originating in Baltimore USA and created by Clearwater Mills LLC, the sustainably powered device is meant to be situated at the end of a river, stream or other outfall. It combines solar and hydro power to extract hundreds of tons of trash out of the water each year.



4. Nohbo Drops

Single-use plastic is the number one pollutant in our oceans, and is causing harm at an almost irreversible rate. Shampoo bottles and other toiletries are more likely to come in plastic packages than any other material and sustainable alternatives are only available at exorbitant prices. Nohbo Drops has bridged this gap, by developing the world’s first single use, water soluble Drop for personal care products, like shampoo, conditioner, body wash and shaving cream.



5. Waterotor

Waterotor is what the future of renewable power looks like. This device is the first technology to economically and affordably harvest electricity from slow moving water.



6. Shipping container pools

Repurposing is the new recycling. Shipping containers have been popularly converted into container homes and now swimming pools. Functionality and sustainability have never looked better.



7. The Seabin project

Seabins are like traditional bins, except in the ocean. ‘The world’s marinas, ports and yacht clubs are the perfect place to start helping clean our oceans. With no huge open ocean swells or storms inside the marinas, these relatively controlled environments provide the perfect locations for Seabin installations.’



8. Edible six pack rings

With the ocean and its inhabitants firmly in mind, The Saltwater Brewery has created fully edible six pack rings. Rather than pollute the ocean, these rings nourish those who happen upon it.



9. Portable river turbine

Idenergy is a portable river turbine that creates renewable energy. According to their website, one turbine can provide a constant energy supply, 24 hours a day, meeting the electric needs of residential homes ‘by generating, at maximum capacity up to 12 kWh daily. The turbine’s reliability offers a good alternative to gas generators. Engine noise, gasoline smells, round trips to gas stations, fuel expenses will be problems of the past.’



10. A plastic bottle cutter

This handy device will help lighten your recycling load and can be created from home. The shredded bottle can even be repurposed.


11. Toothpaste tablets

Bite Toothpaste Bits are the future of toothpaste. Rather than environmentally harmful toothpaste tubes, Bite Toothpaste Bits are bite sized and pill-like. Simply pop one in your mouth, brush your teeth and BOOM! Saving the planet with a fresh, chemical-free smile.



12. Cassava starch bags

Resembling plastic bags, these shoppers are biodegradable, dissolvable and even safe to drink. Created in Bali, these bags could be the solution to the world’s plastic bag crisis.