It was a cool, crisp sunny morning as I drove into downtown Detroit. The Renaissance Center, an iconic building on Detroit’s skyline that’s large enough to have its own zip code, rose quickly in my view and beckoned me to start the day. My mind was in full business mode at that point.
Like every workday, I had my must-do list memorized and was ready to make a difference. It’s as if driving on the Lodge Freeway under Cobo Hall helps me focus – a sort of tunnel vision, if you will. However, out of the corner of my eye, I caught sight of Ron.
Nearly 1.3 million people around the world die from automobile accidents every year, while another 20 million to 50 million become injured or disabled. Human error plays a large role in these numbers, and research shows that autonomous vehicles may soon provide a solution to car casualties.
The tire and footwear industries are two of the world’s largest users of virgin rubber. Most tires on the road have a limited lifespan, and ecologically-sound disposal at the end of their useful life presents another challenge. Imagine if leaders from these industries helped address this issue by creating a more sustainable lifecycle for rubber?
In the fashion and auto industries, recycling water bottles into ballgowns or car parts is the latest trend to follow the push to reuse paper, plastic and electronics.
When the actress Emma Watson stepped onto the red carpet in a gown made of repurposed water bottles at the Met Gala in early May, she established both the versatility and the durability of a new trend in recycling.
Mark Frohnmayer had a pretty specific checklist when he was looking to buy an electric car a decade ago. He wanted a vehicle that suited his travel needs, boasted a premium build quality and helped move the needle in terms of climate change.
Frohnmayer couldn’t find such an automobile, so he took matters into his own hands and founded Arcimoto in 2007.