6-pack holder from wheat & barley not plastic

six pack rings

An edible and biodegradeable ‘6-pack’ holder made from wheat and barley instead of plastic could quickly decompose and remove risk to wildlife.

Drinks cans holder

Via FastCoExist: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3060131/these-six-pack-rings-are-edible-so-they-wont-kill-wildlife/1

Biodegradable water bottles made from algae


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.

Source: http://inhabitat.com/biodegradable-algae-water-bottles-that-provide-a-green-alternative-to-plastic/

IKEA moving from polystyrene to mushroom-based packaging

Mushroom packaging

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.

Source: http://inhabitat.com/ikea-eyes-mushroom-packaging-to-replace-nasty-polystyrene/

Researchers turn paper waste into biodegradable aerogel for insulation

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.”

Source: http://inhabitat.com/scientists-turn-mountains-of-paper-waste-into-biodegradable-aerogel/

Biodegradable and compostible bed sheets – via Springwise

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. 

Source: http://www.springwise.com/disposable-bed-linen-college-students/

and www.beantownbedding.com