Twin brothers convert organic waste into truly biodegradable plastic

October 27, 2017 by  
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You know plastic waste is a problem. But Jeff and Dane Anderson, twin brothers in California , are trying to do something about it. They started a company, Full Cycle Bioplastics , to make a fully biodegradable plastic . They aren’t the first to do so, but they utilize cheap, readily available organic waste to make their bioplastic . Food waste, dirty paper or cardboard, or agricultural byproducts become compostable plastic in Full Cycle Bioplastics’ process. Jeff Anderson told UPROXX they’re able to utilize any organic waste to create a plastic known as polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA). “If it ever falls into the ocean , it actually acts as fish food, or bacteria food, and has no toxic effects,” Anderson said in an UPROXX video . Related: Egyptian scientists turn dried shrimp shells into eco-friendly plastic Full Cycle Bioplastics breaks organic waste down into feedstock, given to naturally occurring bacteria that consume the waste and convert it into PHA. The company then dries and processes the PHA into a resin product. Anderson said their bioplastic could be used for bags, to-go containers, utensils, water bottles, or shampoo bottles, to name a few. Dane Anderson said it’s great for the bioplastic to return to them after use, because they can turn it back into plastic again. But it will harmlessly break down in nature if it’s discarded. One reason bioplastics haven’t taken over the world yet is their expense, but the brothers bring down costs through their process. They don’t need land to cultivate crops, nor do they use genetically modified bacteria. We may not be able to totally get rid of plastic – just a glance around where you’re sitting right now will likely reveal several items manufactured with the stuff polluting our planet. But Jeff told UPROXX their bioplastic can serve as a direct replacement – one that’s far better for the earth. + Full Cycle Bioplastics Via UPROXX Images via Full Cycle Bioplastics and screenshot

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Aerospace-inspired wonder could be the UK’s first double-decker high-speed train

October 27, 2017 by  
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Lucky Brits could soon ride on high-speed trains with luxury jet-like interiors. Taking inspiration from aerospace design, Andreas Vogler Studio and the German Aerospace Center dLR designed and developed the AeroLiner 3000 train, the first double-deck high-speed train for the UK. Conceived with plans of implementation, this innovative and ultra-lightweight design would allow for an increase in capacity of 30% on the British railways’ existing infrastructure—no new railways needed. Winner of the Red Dot: Design Concept 2017 , the AeroLiner 3000 train adopts aerospace engineering and design to create an ultra-lightweight design that boasts a greater number of seats, increased efficiency, improved comfort, and even a projected reduction in CO2 emissions . “In aviation, lightweight is top priority,” said the Munich-based Swiss architect Andreas Vogler. “With the AeroLiner3000 we show that lightweight construction can trigger a change in the world of rail vehicles.” Related: France aims to roll out world’s first autonomous high-speed trains within 7 years The RedDot jury commended the AeroLiner 3000 for its elegant and luxurious design that makes use of durable train-graded materials and surfaces. Electronically dimmable windows and glare-free OLED illumination make use of new technologies aimed at passenger comfort. Last year, Andreas Vogler Studio created a nine-meter-long, full-scale demonstrator as a proof of concept and for ergonomic verification at Innotras 2016 in Berlin. + Andreas Vogler Studio Renderings: ©Andreas Vogler Studio

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Here’s what a sustainable highway looks like

July 14, 2017 by  
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On an 18-mile stretch of highway in the heart of Georgia, the late Ray Anderson’s daughter has created a testbed for sustainable transportation nicknamed “the Ray.”

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SolarCity brings power to schools in developing regions

December 17, 2013 by  
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By creating a foundation, SolarCity plans to bring light to rural villages outside the U.S. with solar and back-up battery systems. 

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Interface: Lessons in resilience from superstorm Haiyan

December 17, 2013 by  
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The Net-Works partnership in the Philippines was a step toward Ray Anderson's vision of a "restorative enterprise." But climate change is already here.

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Upcycle Unwanted Holiday Ornaments for Halloween

October 30, 2013 by  
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In need of a low-cost, last-minute Halloween decorating idea? Blogger Amy Anderson of Mod Podge Rocks has you covered. With this truly one-of-a-kind idea, the creative craft-lover transformed unwanted holiday baubles into adorable Halloween…

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An open letter to my former colleagues at Interface

January 31, 2013 by  
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Ray Anderson's sustainability mentor on what he learned in 19 years at the iconic carpet company.

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Closing the Halliburton Loophole, and other policy priorities

January 31, 2013 by  
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Three pro-business sustainability-minded policies the American Sustainable Business Council is working on.

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Will London’s post-Games sustainability plans bear fruit?

August 6, 2012 by  
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We won't know for some time whether the 2012 Summer Games in London lived up to its claim of being the most sustainable in history. But organizers say they helped transform a polluted and economically hard-hit area of the British capital.    

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Mind the Void: Interface After Ray

January 23, 2012 by  
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The first in a new series of articles from Interface's sustainability leaders looks at how to overcome the loss of a "leader as real-world superhero," as Ray Anderson was.

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