Techcrunch features biodegradable running shoes created by Adidas in partnership with the German biotech company AMSilk.
An edible and biodegradeable ‘6-pack’ holder made from wheat and barley instead of plastic could quickly decompose and remove risk to wildlife.
Inhabitat features a biodegradeable water bottle made from algae, that hints at how we might move to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of plastics and the associated extraction, transport and pollution costs.
Inhabitat highlights the use of mushroom-based packaging as a replacement for polystyrene, which will soon be adopted by IKEA. This blog featured the company behind the product – Ecovative, back in 2014 – when it’s most high-profile customer was Dell. Hopefully many more businesses will start to use natural and biodegradable packing materials.
Inhabitat reports on research in Singapore that shows a way to recycle paper waste into an important and high demand material used for building insulation, called aerogels. Per Inhabitat:
“Aerogels are typically made from silica, metal oxides, and polymers, but a paper-based formula is a great deal more eco-friendly and cost-effective. Recycling paper into a highly sought after substance like aerogels could prove to be a useful method for reducing landfill waste, while replacing hazardous chemicals often used in aerogel manufacturing.”
Although targeted at students and Airbnb hosts (and requiring a lot of water to produce), hopefully there may be uses for similar blankets and bedding in homeless shelters or post-disaster and humanitarian relief work.
Engadget reports on research into biodegradable electronics; specifically semiconductors composed of cellulose nanofibril (CNF) which help produce both flexible and compostable electronics.
Springwise features a biodegradable coffee cup that is embedded with seeds so that after use it can be planted and can aid reforestation.
Inhabitat reports on a prize-winning concept design for disposable mobile phone chargers made from cardboard.
Futurity covers research into the of use of waste products from biofuels to create biodegradable plastics. Not only does this reduce landfill, it’s cheaper than other methods for producing bio-plastics and reduces overall CO2 emissions.