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A MATERIALS WORLD#07

Turn of the tide: tackling water scarcity with technology and common purpose

As the world’s water crisis intensifies, governments, business and communities are uniting to protect clean water sources, use them more responsibly, and even create new drinking water from the sea.

A MATERIALS WORLD#06

Reducing the environmental impact of materials through smart manufacturing

According to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, we are currently consuming more than twice the resources that our planet can replenish – so the race is on to do more with less.

A MATERIALS WORLD#05

The materials that are building a renewable energy economy

To halt the rise of harmful greenhouse gas emissions, we need to convert as many sectors of the economy to renewable energy as quickly as possible. Advanced materials are improving the efficiency of the renewable energy industry while helping other sectors, such as transport, adapt to electrification.

A MATERIALS WORLD#04

Material benefits: how carbon fiber is reducing our environmental footprint

Carbon fiber is a “wonder” material, adding exceptional strength without weight to aircraft, wind turbines and cars. New technologies devoted to improving its production and recycling mean even greater environmental benefits lie ahead.

A MATERIALS WORLD#03

Sweet success for biomass technologies

The need for more sustainable manufacturing processes has led to exciting innovations in the development of new biotechnologies, notably in the global production of sugar.

A MATERIALS WORLD#02

Moral fiber: sugar cane replaces petroleum to make eco-friendly polyester fabrics

The development of plant-based polyester could help save the earth by changing what we wear, while significant sales figures suggest consumers are all too happy to make the switch to eco-apparel.

A MATERIALS WORLD#01

Green growth: innovation to drive change for a sustainable future

As global populations grow and we continue to deplete the earth’s natural resources, there’s a major opportunity for innovative businesses to mastermind solutions, help repair the damage and empower consumers to make sustainable choices.