Inhabitat features a brilliant way of using waste plastics polluting the worlds oceans, called RePlast. Developed by the US-based ByFusion, the approach compresses mixed plastics from the seas and turns it into construction blocks. As well as cleaning the oceans, the approach doesn’t require splitting the plastics into different types and generates c. 95% less greenhouse gases than concrete blocks.
An edible and biodegradeable ‘6-pack’ holder made from wheat and barley instead of plastic could quickly decompose and remove risk to wildlife.
PSFK highlights a Kickstarter project for sportswear made from sustainable and recycled materials. From the article:
The material “is a blend of fibers from the eucalyptus plant, used water bottles and Tencel, a sustainable fiber from wood. The water bottles are rerouted from landfills into factories which clean them and remold them into polyester yarns. About 10 water bottles goes into the production of one Pistol Lake long-sleeved shirt.”
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.
FastCoExist highlights the work of Japanese researchers that shows promise in helping to tackle the massive problem of plastic waste. They have identified a strain of bacetria (Ideonella sakaiensis) that can break down PET plastics.
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.
Treehugger highlights a New Zealand company – Ethique – that ships it’s beauty products in plastic free packaging. The article states:
“Ethique makes products such as facial cleansers, creams, shampoo, conditioner, exfoliants, and body butter. All are shaped into concentrated, solid bars, wrapped in plain white paper and stored in colorful cardboard boxes. Once opened, the bars can be dried, rewrapped, and placed back in the sliding box for reuse. The method is astonishingly simple, logical, and far greener than any recycled plastic container could be.”
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Part of the solution to our polluting and contamination of the plant with plastics?
Futurity highlights research into self healing plastics, influenced by squid’s ‘ring teeth’.
Per Futurity: “The material potentially could extend the life of medical implants, fiber-optic cables, and other hard-to-repair objects…”