Biofase has discovered a unique way to recycle avocado pits

February 15, 2019 by  
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A Mexico-based company has discovered a unique way to recycle avocado pits. Biofase, a startup founded in Michoacan, Mexico, is using discarded waste from the fruit to create biodegradable cutlery and straws in a bigger fight against single-use plastics and food waste. A biochemical engineer named Scott Munguia created Biofase in 2013. The company uses a technique that transforms avocado waste into bioplastics, which are then used to form materials. All of the products the company creates from the pits are fully biodegradable and decompose within 240 days. Related: How to grow an avocado tree from an avocado pit “Our family of biodegradable resins can be processed by all conventional methods of plastic molding,” Biofase explained in a tweet. According to EcoWatch , the organization processes around 15 metric tons of avocado waste every day. Not only is the operation proving profitable, but it is also good for the environment. Apart from the biodegradable utensils and straws, Biofase is preventing a significant amount of agricultural waste from ending up in Mexico’s landfills and surrounding bodies of water. Biofase claims to be the sole biopolymer supplier in its home country of Mexico . The company ships its biodegradable products to more than 11 countries in Latin America. Several chain restaurants also order cutlery and straws from Biofase, including Chili’s Grill & Bar, Fiesta Americana and P.F. Chang’s China Bistro. Although Biofase is leading Mexico in the production of biopolymers, new laws will likely create a need for more development in the industry. In fact, several municipalities in the region have passed laws against single-use plastics , emphasizing a growing need for eco-friendly alternatives. For example, Querétaro banned plastic bags in 2017, and Tijuana followed suit the following year. Ditching single-use plastics is a growing trend in Mexico. To date, there are more than 15 laws at city and state levels that are meant to discourage the use of disposable plastics. Biopolymers come with their own disadvantages, but these are a viable solution to the growing problem of plastic waste around the globe. If a company like Biofase can come up with an ingenious way to create biodegradable straws and biodegradable utensils, we can only hope that other forms of biodegradable plastics will follow. + Biofase Via EcoWatch Image via Julie Henriksen

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Avocados for Beauty

August 17, 2018 by  
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Avocados are creamy, rich fruits whose oils hold countless benefits … The post Avocados for Beauty appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Halved, pre-peeled packaged avocados reveal wasteful packaging at its worst

January 18, 2017 by  
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Just when you thought food packaging couldn’t get more wasteful, along come pre-peeled, halved Hass avocados . Sealed in plastic and cardboard, the avocados sell for around $3 a piece. California-based Calavo Growers are peddling the fruit encased in packaging to whomever can’t take an extra two seconds to cut one open with a knife, and there’s no sign they plan to stop selling them. No, Avocado Halves aren’t a prank, and no, they’re not Photoshopped. Twitter user Eric Huang posted a picture of the avocado halves, saying, “Lazy? Party of 1? Your #avocado is ready.” Even better evidence can be found right on Calavo’s website , where the company brags they sell “fresh refrigerated guacamole, avocado halves, and pulp” in “tubs, pails, pouches, canisters, singles, and easy squeeze options.” They also offer nutritional information for the avocado halves – which are packaged to not go brown but must be refrigerated – as well as information on how their products can possibly keep fresh for as long as 90 days via Ultra-High Pressure. Related: Whole Foods orange packaging megafail breaks the Internet Calavo says they place their products under about 87,000 psi of pressure with Ultra-High Pressure technology, a process that doesn’t require flavor-damaging heat and is better than cold pasteurization, according to the company. Grocery stores say the avocados are intended for people who have trouble telling how ripe an avocado is – a problem, to be sure, but is it one that really needed to be solved with more waste? Each package of Calavo’s Avocado Halves contains a single avocado, that was once packaged in a perfectly good compostable , waste-free peel. Although consumers have complained – one wondered if it would take more time to open the packaging than to simply cut open the fruit – few grocery stores have shown signs of pulling the product from their shelves. Via Gizmodo Images via Eric Huang on Twitter and Pixabay

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16-year-old South African girl invents drought-fighting super material from orange peels

August 10, 2016 by  
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In the midst of South Africa’s worst drought in recorded history, one Johannesburg schoolgirl has created a super absorbent polymer that could change the way crops are grown. The polymer is created from simple, readily available recycled materials – orange peel and avocado skin – and it’s capable of storing hundreds of times its own weight in water. Kiara Nirghin’s project ” No More Thirsty Crops ” won the Google Science Fair’s Community Impact Award for the Middle East and Africa. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwRmICCVY_Q Considering that South Africa’s agricultural union has been pleading with the government for subsidies to help weather the recent water crisis , Nirghin’s project could offer much-needed relief. Her super absorbent material could be used to create reservoirs that farmers could use to maintain their crops at minimal cost. Nirghin knew that other super absorbent polymers rely on chain molecule polysaccharides to give them their power, and her project sprang to life when she learned that orange peel is composed from 64% polysaccharide . It also contains pectin, which is used as a gelling agent in numerous applications. When combined with oily avocado peel and left in the sun, the mixture undergoes a reaction and forms a polymer compound. Related: South Africa is relaxing restrictions on GMOs to fight drought-related food crisis As a Google Science Fair winner, Nirghin has been assigned a mentor from the company to help her develop her idea further, including potential tests on the field. Soon, she’ll learn if she’s one of the sixteen finalists in the global competition – but even if she doesn’t make it to the final round, it sounds like she has a promising career ahead of her. + Google Science Fair Via CNN

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7 DIY face masks for healthy, gorgeous spring skin

February 26, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of 7 DIY face masks for healthy, gorgeous spring skin Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: avocado , beauty products , cucumber , DIY , eczema , face care , face mask , honey , organic beauty , rosacea , Skin , skin care , yogurt

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AvoSeedo makes growing avocado trees easier than ever

February 17, 2015 by  
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If you’ve ever tried to g row an avocado tree from a pit , you’ve probably noticed how finicky they can be to cultivate. Many of us have tried to suspend a pit in a glass of water, only to neglect it briefly and watch it die pretty much immediately, much to our avocado-loving dismay. AvoSeedo is a handy little cup tool that helps you grow your own tree without fussing and fretting about watering: it will lower along with your container’s water level, keeping the fruit’s pit’s bottom nice and wet. It even has little flags that you can fill out with info if you’re germinating several seeds at once. Before you know it, you can have a veritable forest of avocado trees to fawn over. You can order yours via Kickstarter today ! + AvoSeedo on Kickstarter + AvoSeedo Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: avocado , avocado pit , avocado pits , avocado seed , avocado seeds , avocado tree , avocado trees , avocados , AvoSeedo , grow indoors , grow your own avocado , indoor gardening , kickstarter , Tree , urban gardening

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HOW TO: Whip Up Light and Creamy Vegan Avocado and Coconut Mousse

July 13, 2014 by  
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Need a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth? Look no further than this nutritious and oh-so-creamy avocado and coconut mousse. Perfect for the summer months, this light and silky vegan dessert is packed full with healthy fats and vitamins and can even be whipped up in a jiffy with zero cooking time required. Click through to see the step-by-step directions for this guilt-free and healthy dessert! READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: avocado , avocado and coconut mousse , avocado mousse , DIY , guilt-free dessert , healthy dessert , healthy fats , how to make healthy dessert , how to make vegan dessert , how-to , Inhabitots , no cook dessert , raw dessert , vegan dessert , vitamins

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Chipotle May Drop Guacamole From its Menu Due to Climate Change

March 5, 2014 by  
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Mexican fast food chain Chipotle dropped a green bombshell this week when it announced that it may have to remove guacamole from its menu. Citing the effect of climate change on the price and availability of avocados, the chain announced that guacamole and certain types of salsas may become too expensive to keep on the menu. Read the rest of Chipotle May Drop Guacamole From its Menu Due to Climate Change Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: antibiotic-free steak , avocado , california drought , Chipotle Mexican Grill , Climate Change , fast food , global warming , guacamole , salsa , securities and exchange commission        

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Benoy Architects Top Taiwan High Speed Rail’s Hsin Chu Station Mall with a Lush Green Roof

March 5, 2014 by  
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Benoy Architects masterminded a green architectural design for Taiwan High Speed Rail’s (THSR) Hsin Chu Station Mall. The low density green-roofed retail project combines the futuristic look of high speed rail and Hsin Chu’s identity as the ‘Windy City.’ It also boasts several sustainable strategies, including rainwater collection, grey water recycling and solar panels. Read the rest of Benoy Architects Top Taiwan High Speed Rail’s Hsin Chu Station Mall with a Lush Green Roof Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “grey water reuse” , “solar energy” , benoy architects , green-roofed architecture , green-roofed mall , Hsin Chu Station Mall , mall design , rainwater harvesting , Shopping mall Taiwan , solar panels , Taiwan architects , taiwan architecture , Taiwan High Speed        

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Growing Trees from Seeds: Which Work, Which Won’t

September 4, 2013 by  
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If there are any trees in your area, you may have noticed that a couple of major changes come over them at the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. Branches end up laden with fruit, nuts, seed pods, and cones in preparation for seeding the next generation of trees. These majestic beings have been self-propagating for hundreds of thousands of years, but what if we’d like to harness some of that growing power to start our own food-bearing trees? Read the rest of Growing Trees from Seeds: Which Work, Which Won’t Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apple , avocado , cherry , chestnut , food security , fruit , fruit trees , Gardening , hazelnut , lemon , moringa , moringa tree , nut trees , nuts , sustainable food , tree seeds , Trees , Urban Farming        

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