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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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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Error in sea temperature readings suggests climate change is worse than we thought

October 27, 2017 by  
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We might have been wrong about how dire climate change really is. New research points out methodology to work out sea temperatures may have been based on an error – so millions of years ago, the oceans may have been colder than scientists thought. Study co-author Anders Meibom of the University of Lausanne in Switzerland said, “If we are right, our study challenges decades of paleoclimate research.” Global warming actually might be “an unprecedented event in the last hundred million years,” according to the University of Lausanne , if the study from a team of French and Swiss researchers is correct. 100 million years ago, sea temperatures in the deep ocean and polar ocean’s surface were 15 degrees higher than current temperatures, scientists thought. But that figure may be incorrect – instead, ocean temperatures could have been more stable. That means the warming we’re seeing today is more distressing. Related: Scientists warn CO2 from warming soils could lead to uncontrollable temperature rise The Independent explains scientists used to determine temperatures with the help of foraminifera, or tiny marine organism fossils . The shells of these creatures have more or less of an oxygen isotope based on water temperature, so scientists could estimate water temperature of the past based on the oxygen content of the shells. Sounds fairly straightforward, right? The problem is oxygen amounts in the shells don’t stay constant over time, says this new research, which suggests oxygen content can change without a trace that would clue scientists in on that change. Meibom said in a statement (translated by The Independent), “To revisit the ocean’s paleotemperatures now, we need to carefully quantify this re-equilibration, which has been overlooked for too long. For that, we have to work on other types of marine organisms so that we clearly understand what took place in the sediment over geological time.” The University of Lausanne reports the scientists are already at work on this task. Ocean temperatures are important in our understanding of climate change. Meibom said, “The oceans cover 70 percent of the Earth. They are a key player in the Earth’s climate . We must therefore know the evolution of their temperature over geological time to understand precisely how they behave and thus, to better predict the consequences of the current climate disruption.” Nature Communications published the research online this week. Sylvain Bernard of the Institute of Mineralogy, Materials Physics, and Cosmochemistry in Paris, France is the lead author. + Nature Communications Via the University of Lausanne and The Indepdendent Images via Pixabay and Depositphotos

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Gucci Announces Line of Biodegradable Footwear, “Sustainable Soles”

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“Sustainable Soles” are not your typical high end designer’s footwear. Gucci’s new line of ballet flats and sneakers are made from biodegradable plastic, designed by Gucci’s creative director,  Frida Giannini . While the flats are clad with Gucci’s trademark interlocking Gs, the logo is printed in green on  recycled polyester labels for the sneakers.  Click ahead to check out the awesome green footwear and what else Gucci has in store for the green consumer. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biodegradable plastic , eco friendly sandals , eco friendly shoes , eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , Frida Giannini , green fashion , Gucci , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable sandals , sustainable shoes , Sustainable Soles , sustainable style

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