Take a tour through the manufacturing industry of tomorrow and see what materials could usher in a more responsible future.
In an effort to tackle humanity's toughest sustainability challenges, NASA, NIKE, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State formed LAUNCH, a global initiative that identifies and supports innovative work poised to accelerate solutions to pollution, waste and carbon emissions.
A hefty contributor to those three factors is material manufacturing. Materials extraction, processing and manufacturing of products accounts for over one-third of mankind's carbon emission, said Alan Hurd, Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State. That's why LAUNCH intends to focus on the materials system through 2020.
"At LAUNCH, we recognize the need for disruptive, systemic innovations, not incremental changes," Hurd told Discovery News.
For their 2013 Systems Challenge, LAUNCH selected 10 innovators with the potential to solve key challenges in the areas of materials and manufacturing, with a focus on sustainable fabrics.