An international group recently developed a product that copies the way living plant and animal systems store, capture and distribute water. This product will be used in the future for growing sustainable food locally by farmers.
This product designed by NexLoop has received the Ray C. Anderson Foundation Ray of Hope Prize. They were awarded $100,000 for winning the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. The product called AquaWeb helps urban growers store, collect,and distribute water. It is a modular water sourcing system.
It uses rain and fog instead of groundwater to collect water. It can be used by urban farms, greenhouses, container farms, and indoor vertical farms. The company studied drought tolerant plants like the crystalline ice plant that stores water and the Jersey cow mushroom that distributes water. Their product can help with growing more food locally in many communities.
Josh Smith CEO of Modular Greenhouses in Reno, NV, developed an interest in health, food, nutrition and gardening when his grandfather died of cancer when he was a child. He studied the history and science of botany for years. Josh graduated from the University of Nevada and began to look for a greenhouse that was cost effective and easy to build.
When he did not find one he like he decided to start a company and build his own. His greenhouses are designed to change the way communities and families eat by making it easy to grow organic fruits and vegetables. Josh Smith donated one of his greenhouses to the High Desert Montessori School in Reno to help them develop a gardening program for the kids.
His greenhouses are computer controlled using a application that make it easy to control temperature, watering, and the environment for growing. The greenhouses sold in different sizes are designed to withstand snow and high wind. They sell accessories like shelving, venting and heating options.
Those with little growing experience find Modular Greenhouses easy to assemble and grow fruits and vegetable in their own homes. Josh Smith of Reno continues plans to expand the business Modular Greenhouses.
Launched in 2012, Ryan Emmons created one of the most influential water companies in recent times. Meet the Waiakea Volcanic Bottled Water, the sustainable water brand right from the Hawaiian regions.
Ryan Emmons created the brand as he noticed that he could use the sustainable culture of the Hawaiian citizens to build an environmentally-friendly product while also having a vast range of clients and consumers of the water.
The entrepreneur was very right. In a few months since the inauguration of Waiakea Volcanic Bottled Water, the brand became a huge success, and one of the main reasons is because the volcanic water has benefits that the other beverages do not offer to their clients.
Using the natural powers of volcanoes in Hawaii to harvest the water that is consumed by a large quantity of citizens in Hawaii and the exterior, Waiakea water is currently one of the most consumed beverages in the region, having reached the number #1 spot for three years consecutively since its release in the market.
The Volcanic Water used in the product has natural minerals that are very healthy for both body and mind, and this fact has single-handedly skyrocketed Ryan Emmons and his company ahead of all the other competition in the region and slowly in the outside market as well. Soon enough, the Waiakea Volcanic Bottled Water might be a name that you will hear about outside of the Hawaiian region.
Right now, the Waiakea product has come a long way since its release. At the beginning of the brand, their delivery and shipping were restricted to the United States and the Hawaiian territory, but this has long changed. With the success of the bottled volcanic water, it can now be ordered from many countries in the world. The suppliers of Waiakea springs are international, and the brand is spreading very fast, while still maintaining the sustainable philosophy of Ryan Emmons.
An entrepreneur, a philanthropist, and a sustainability expert, Emmons has become an example to many young entrepreneurs of how sustainability and success can walk together and maintain a good natural balance with mother nature. The Hawaiian citizens with their culture are very grateful for his mentality, and the rest of the world should be as well.