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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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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15 Surprisingly Compostable Items

September 25, 2015 by  
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These days, composting seems to be all the rage, and for good reason. With more focus being placed on our environment and the impact we have on its future, it is as important as ever that we take the time to educate ourselves about what our role is…

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Earth911TV: Compostable Vs. Biodegradable Vs. Recyclable

September 3, 2015 by  
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As recycling continues to become more common for a lot of people, there’s still confusion and questions about what can be recycled and what the difference is between recycling and composting. What products are “biodegradable” versus “compostable”?…

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128 Cardboard: A Clever Recycled Cardboard Fruit Bowl by SEMdesign

February 13, 2012 by  
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Utrecht -based SEMdesign created this low-impact faceted bowl that is made entirely from cardboard so it can be easily recycled or composted at the end of its life. Named “Fruit Bowl 128 Cardboard”, this stripey bowl was made by laser-cutting and affixing 128 different pieces of recycled cardboard together. Read the rest of 128 Cardboard: A Clever Recycled Cardboard Fruit Bowl by SEMdesign Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Biodegradable , compostable , DIY , dutch design , faceted , free diy manual , fruit bowl , fruit bowls , green materials , green products , open sources design , Recyclable cardboard , recycled cardboard , recycling / compost , SEMdesign , sylvie van de loo , utrecht

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Ghost Forest Repurposes Fallen Rainforest Trees Into a Striking Public Art Installation

February 13, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of Ghost Forest Repurposes Fallen Rainforest Trees Into a Striking Public Art Installation Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Angela Palmer , Art , Botanical , Climate Change , copenhagen , deforestation awareness , Ghost Forest , global warming , green resources , London , mobile installation , Oxford University Museum of Natural History , Pitt Rivers Museum , public installation , Rainforest Tree Stumps , trafalgar square , UN’s Climate Change Conference

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INTERVIEW: CEO of Bentley Systems Greg Bentley Talks About the Future City Design Competition

February 13, 2012 by  
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While we write a lot about a sustainable built environment, we often overlook the contribution of engineers. We recently talked at length with Greg Bentley, CEO of Bentley Systems , about the upcoming  Future City design competition for aspiring middle-school engineers. Bentley elaborates on the competition’s theme, “ Alternative Energy: Fuel Your Future ,” and he also forcasts the next evolution of an engineer’s role while turning some long held assumptions on their head. Bentley Systems has been a key developer of CAD and BIM software, and while you may never heard of them, their software is used to design the largest architectural and infrastructure projects around the globe. Read on to see what the future of engineering may look like and how we can inspire the next generation to make a real impact. Read the rest of INTERVIEW: CEO of Bentley Systems Greg Bentley Talks About the Future City Design Competition Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alternative Energy: Fuel Your Future , Bentley software , Bentley Systems , Bentley Systems CEO , BIM , CAD , Carol Rieg , eco city competition , eco-city , Exclusive interview , Fuel Your Future , future city , future city design , future proof , green design , green engineer , green infrastructure , Greg Bentley Interview , middle school city competition , National Engineer’s Week Foundation , role of an engineer , Sim City

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Ecolite is a Compostable Cat Litter Box Made from Recycled Paper Pulp

January 10, 2012 by  
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Although more expensive and less durable than their plastic counterparts, biodegradable cat litter boxes have some sustainable aspects that shouldn’t be ignored by feline owners. Designed by French Studio-aparte , the Ecolite recycles waste paper into a molded paper pulp litter box. And not only does the box take little energy to produce, it can also be broken down and flushed or composted at the end of its useful life! + Studio-aparte Photo © Studio-aparte Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Animals , biodegradable cat litter , cat litter , compostable , green materials , green products , modern pets , paper pulp , Recycled Materials , recycled paper , recycling / compost

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EXCLUSIVE PICS: Honda Unveils Its Hot New NSX Super Sports Concept Car at the Detroit Auto Show

January 10, 2012 by  
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Puma’s New Tack on Sustainable Consumption: Compostable Clothes

November 14, 2011 by  
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In looking for a cradle-to-cradle solution to waste, the head of the sportswear line says that Puma is exploring how to make shoes, t-shirts and bags that are either compostable or recyclable.

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