Michael Pawlyn is taking a cradle to cradle approach to making off-the-grid structures. Using materials like ETFE, recycled cardboard and salt, he is making water-generating greenhouses in the Sahara, evaporating, hence desalinating, the water. The water grows plants in the shade of solar panels, and the excess water is used to revitalize the surrounding area. There is also a plan to build a restaurant in the middle of a roundabout in London, using kitchen waste to (eventually) feed the animals and plants that are eaten at the restaurant. The ways that different materials can be used, and how copying nature can lead to less use of energy and resources, and this inspires me to do more with nature.