At a time when capitalism is running rampant and environmental well-being sometimes seems like an afterthought, it can be great to see examples of human ingenuity being used to make the world a better place.
If you're a fan of innovation, try adding these innovative locations into your travel itinerary!
Here are four impressive examples of environmentally-friendly innovations around the world:
This bike path can be found in Northern Poland. It is made of a synthetic material that runs on solar power for up to 10 hours! This glowing, blue bike path is quite dazzling, and it makes bicycle riding even more eco-friendly by making it more accessible and safe at night.
These brilliant bridges and crossings make it safer for animals to travel through high-traffic areas. They can be found around the world, including in Canada, the Netherlands, the USA, France, and Germany. Travelling to destinations that take environmental and animal well-being seriously is a bonus!
3D-printed buildings are starting to become more common around the world as real estate developers see how much more efficient the process can be. The first 3D-printed apartment building was constructed in China in 2015. This method of building is cheaper, faster, and produces less waste than the alternatives.
A 1km stretch of solar roadway was installed in France with the hopes of generating enough electricity to power a small town for a year. Now there are plans to install these test roadways on three other continents in 2017, including one in Calgary.
“Just wanted to send a big THANK YOU to the service truck driver and the supervisor on duty. My car had a dead battery when I returned from my trip, and both of them were so nice and so helpful in getting it boosted and started!! Just thought they should both be recognized for their great customer service!! Thanks guys!!” -Donna Thomson