DANIEL BURD – Sped up Plastic Decomposition
Plastic isn’t fantastic for Daniel Burd, a 16-year-old student in Canada who found a way to use microbes to degrade plastic bags in as little as three months. Burd, whose project won the top prize at the 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair in Ottawa, found that necessity invention. “Almost every week I have to do chores and when I open the closet door, I have this avalanche of plastic bags falling on top of me,” he said. “One day, I got tired of it and I wanted to know what other people are doing with these plastic bags.”
ELIZABETH RINTELS – Invented the Water Watcher
In 2008, Elizabeth Rintels, then 12, won the grand prize in By Kids For Kids’ Going Green Challenge with a smart device that measures and monitors water use in the shower. Rintel’s gadget, which can be attached to any faucet, lights up and beeps with every half-gallon of water that gushes forth.