Mike Chino

Inhabitat's Top 10 Most Inspiring Stories of 2013

by , 12/30/13

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The media tends to feed on negativity – but if you dig a little deeper you’ll find a wealth of uplifting and inspiring stories just below the surface. Sometimes they’re about brilliant teenagers who came up with innovative solutions to the world’s problems – like this 16-year-old who created bioplastic from bananas and the student who developed a phone charger that can fill your cell in 20 seconds. Other times they’re about visionaries like the man who is planting a second forest entirely by hand, the African inventor who built a working 3D printer from e-waste, and the Empowerment Plan to provide Detroit’s homeless with coats that turn into sleeping bags. These bright minds are building a more sustainable tomorrow – check out their stories below and vote for the most inspiring!

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  1. simk December 31, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I have been following the articles on this weblog for a while now but I have only just registered in order to comment on this poll.

    I just had to express my surprise at everyone voting for the ocean cleanup as the most inspiring story of 2013.. It is actually the least useful and least original idea of all of them!

    The main reason is that it is just that, an IDEA, based on no actual scientific research. Go to the website for it and you see a big red box stating clearly that they need to do a feasibility study for it, which from a bit of reading is almost certainly to be found UNfeasible. There’s even a well written article on this site by someone with a very informed view that explains why:

    http://inhabitat.com/the-fallacy-of-cleaning-the-gyres-of-plastic-with-a-floating-ocean-cleanup-array/

    I realise this makes little difference as it’e just a poll for “inspiring” stories. I just want to remind people to maintain scepticism and use some critical thinking and research when confronted by such “inspiring” claims as it is real science that is most likely to make a difference in the world.

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