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50 Disaster Relief Innovations

Upcycled Clothing, Tsunami-Warning Apps and Life-Saving Goods

— August 15, 2011 — Lifestyle
In the age of the Internet, disaster relief is no longer the duty of the afflicted. Instead, when we witness a tragedy unfolding in Japan, Somalia, Haiti or elsewhere, the social media machine begins to churn and direct everyone's attention toward the emergency at hand. Having said that (and despite the veracity of recent climatological disasters), humanity has become incredibly adept at responding to disasters with new technologies, ideas and products capable of saving lives.

From flood-proof architecture to nuclear-resistant robots, a wealth of new ideas has germinated from the seemingly infertile soil of disaster. Moreover, these global disasters have a tendency to reshape our philosophies -- Japan, for instance, has completely shifted its social priorities toward environmental sustainability. Although these disasters are almost an inevitability, it's comforting to know that we collectively take lessons from them.
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Catastrophe-Avoiding Platforms
Catastrophe-Avoiding Platforms
The Radiation Detection Hardware Network Gathers Info
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Fantasy World E-Doptions
Fantasy World E-Doptions
'Cenarion Hatchlings' Donate $2 Million Toward Japanese Relief Efforts
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48
Translating Tsunami Support Sites
Translating Tsunami Support Sites
Messages for Japan Lets You Support Japan in Your Own Words
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47
Charity Party Art
Charity Party Art
The Confetti System Knot Ornament Raises Donations for Japan Tragedy Relief
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46
Twitterific Disaster Relief
Twitterific Disaster Relief
Twitter Providing Support Makes for Speedy Survival
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45
Radiation-Detecting Timepieces
Radiation-Detecting Timepieces
The Polimaster PM1208M Geiger Counter Wristwatch Will Protect You
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44
Inspiring Disaster Relief Tees
Inspiring Disaster Relief Tees
Kris Van Assche x Misericordia 'We Love Japan' Brings Hope to Japan
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43
Disaster Social Media Warnings
Disaster Social Media Warnings
Mexico City to Implement Earthquake Warning Via Social Media
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42
Charitable Feline Clothing
Charitable Feline Clothing
Cool Cats Donates Money Through Their ‘Japan We Heart U So' Tee
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41
Virtuous Vending Tools
Virtuous Vending Tools
The Coca-Cola Japanese Red Cross Charity Soda Machines are Donation-Ready
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40
Earthquake-Aiding Vampires
Earthquake-Aiding Vampires
The New Novel by Stephenie Meyer Will Provide Disaster Relief
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39
Charitable Band Cars
Charitable Band Cars
MINI and Hard Rock Group KISS Join Forces to Benefit Japan Relief Efforts
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38
Disaster Relief Streetwear
Disaster Relief Streetwear
The Bathing Ape Rescue Rebuild Tee Helps Japan Earthquake Efforts
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37
Charitable Shopping Sprees
Charitable Shopping Sprees
Shop For Japan Urges Businesses to Donate to Help Japan Relief Efforts
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36
Computer Simulations for Disaster Relief
Computer Simulations for Disaster Relief
Google Earth Pro To Help Save Lives and Plan Evacuations
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35
Non-Profit Toilet Paper
Non-Profit Toilet Paper
‘Who Gives A Crap' Supports Water Sanitation Programs
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34
Charitable Rose-Colored Glasses
Charitable Rose-Colored Glasses
These MYKITA for Japan Franz Sunglasses Aid Japan Relief Efforts
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33
Rock Band Car Branding
Rock Band Car Branding
The KISS Mini Cooper Raises Money For Japan Relief
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32
Tsunami Alarm System
Tsunami Alarm System
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31
Heroic Aqua Purifiers
Heroic Aqua Purifiers
'Water Ahead' Water Filters Aid in Disaster Relief Efforts
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30
Natural Disaster Charity Tees
Natural Disaster Charity Tees
Support Japan's Relief Efforts With this Help Japan T-Shirt
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29
Tsunami-Relief Timepieces
Tsunami-Relief Timepieces
Anna Marinenko's Prototype of the Japan Clock Serves as a Tribute
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28
Solar-Powered Water Filters
Solar-Powered Water Filters
The Trunz Water Systems 200 Provides Clean Water on No Fuel
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27
Charitable Law Jewelry
Charitable Law Jewelry
The B-Side Japan Relief Necklace Celebrates Immigration and Unity
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26
Crisis-Assisting Art
Crisis-Assisting Art
Wieden + Kennedy Create this Poster to Raise Money for Japan
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25
Disaster Relief Underwear
Disaster Relief Underwear
Proceeds from the Japan Support Bra Set Will Aid Japan Crisis
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24
Incinerating Waterless Toilets
Incinerating Waterless Toilets
The EcoJohn Senior
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23
Disaster Relief Clothing
Disaster Relief Clothing
The Army for Japan Shirt by The Salvation Army Raises Funds and Awareness
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22
Disposable Disaster Photography
Disposable Disaster Photography
Aichi Hirano Gives Japan's Tsunami Victims Disposable Cameras
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21
Crank-Powered Thermoses
Crank-Powered Thermoses
The ‘Vertigo' Keeps Food and Drinks Warm the Green Way
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20
Disaster Relief Accessories
Disaster Relief Accessories
The Roberu Pray For Japan Wristband Proceeds Go to the Red Cross
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19
Recycled Awareness Apparel
Recycled Awareness Apparel
Project 7's Environmental T-Shirts Made From Bottles
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18
Health-Conscious Crockery
Health-Conscious Crockery
The Fukushima Plate Shows You Which Foods are Safe to Eat
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17
Disaster Relief Knapsacks
Disaster Relief Knapsacks
The Temp-Pack by Asher Dunn Transforms into a Tent
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16
Disaster Donation Apparel
Disaster Donation Apparel
The Adapt Japan Relief T-Shirt Sale Proceeds Go to Earthquake Relief
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15
Paper-Based Architecture
Paper-Based Architecture
Shigeru Ban Tea House
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14
First Aid Furnishings
First Aid Furnishings
The Healing Bench is Foldable, Functional and Fit to Save Lives
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13
Disaster-Safe Pyramids
Disaster-Safe Pyramids
Architecture With Extreme Safety Measures Built-In
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12
Earthquake-Resistant Tire Homes
Earthquake-Resistant Tire Homes
The Michael Reynolds Earthship Biotecture for Haiti
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11
Expandable Eco Bangles
Expandable Eco Bangles
Alex and Ani Recycled Metal Jewelry Inspires the Spirit
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10
Broken Flag Advertising
Broken Flag Advertising
These Help Japan Posters Transcend All Language Barriers
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9
Social Media Crisis Infographics
Social Media Crisis Infographics
Disaster Relief on Facebook Charts Japanese Tsunami Responses
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8
Inflatable Micro Homes
Inflatable Micro Homes
The 4x4 Foot Life Cube is a Bite-Sized Living Space
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7
Moving Van Ambulances
Moving Van Ambulances
The U-Haul ER Conversion Kit is Ready When Disaster Strikes
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6
Pre-Fab Flatpack Shelters
Pre-Fab Flatpack Shelters
The Pre-Fab AbleNook Offers Economical Disaster Relief Housing
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5
Sustainable Super Stadiums
Sustainable Super Stadiums
The Grand Stade de Casablanca is a Monolithic Eco Sports Structure
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4
Natural Disaster Architecture
Natural Disaster Architecture
The Solus4 Marine Research Center is Inspired by Tsunami Waves
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3
Foldable Shelters
Foldable Shelters
The 'Fold Flat Shelter' by Adrian Lippmann is Connivance at its Finest
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2
On-Demand Housing
On-Demand Housing
Portable Shelter for Environmentally Conscientious Disaster Relief
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Post-Quake Container Houses
Post-Quake Container Houses
Ex-Container Project Provides Japan Earthquake Survivors a New Home
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