This edible, plastic-free packaging is grown from kombucha starter

June 26, 2018 by  
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Polish design student Roza Janusz has created Scoby, an eco-friendly alternative to plastic packaging that is easily grown with the same methods used to make kombucha . Created from fermented bacteria and yeast, the organic membrane can be used to store a variety of lightweight foods like seeds, nuts, or even salads. The zero-waste food packaging is completely biodegradable and can also be eaten after use. Developed as part of her graduate project for industrial design at the School of Form in Poznan, Poland, Roza Janusz’s Scoby was created to help farmers grow their own zero-waste packaging. Using bacteria and yeast as a base for kombucha, Janusz then uses the liquid to grow the biodegradable membrane in a shallow container. After about two weeks of adding sugars and other agricultural waste to ferment the material, a membrane forms on the surface and can be harvested. “Scoby is grown by a future farmer not only for the production of packaging , but also because of the valuable by-product, which is, depending on the concentration, natural fertilizer or probiotic drink,” says Roza Janusz. “So maybe the packaging production will no longer litter the environment, and it will even enrich it.” Related: DIY: How to brew kombucha at home The lightweight and translucent material is easily malleable and can be shaped to fit a variety of foods to prevent spoilage. Thanks to the edible packaging’s low pH, Scoby has a long shelf life that can even be extended if it’s used to store acidic food products like nuts. The material can also absorb the flavors of the food it stores. Roza Janusz plans to explore Scoby’s commercial possibilities in the near future and recently submitted her design for the Golden Pin Concept Design Award 2018 . + Roza Janusz

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INEOS Bio Creates First Commercial-Scale Waste to Biofuel System

August 1, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock In regards to biofuel , INEOS Bio has been able literally turned trash into treasure. The company released a statement on Wednesday that they had successfully been able to produce commercial quantities of ethanol from wood waste and non-food vegetative matter. Soon, they hope to use municipal garbage as a feedstock to create the alcohol. Although they did not say exactly how much they had made in their Vero Beach, Florida facility, they hope to begin shipments this August of the fossil fuel alternative. Their ultimate goal is to produce eight million gallons a year. Read the rest of INEOS Bio Creates First Commercial-Scale Waste to Biofuel System Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bacteria , biocatalyst , biofuel , distillation , fermentation , florida , gasification , ineos bio , peter williams , vero beach , Waste        

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INEOS Bio Creates First Commercial-Scale Waste to Biofuel System

August 1, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock In regards to biofuel , INEOS Bio has been able literally turned trash into treasure. The company released a statement on Wednesday that they had successfully been able to produce commercial quantities of ethanol from wood waste and non-food vegetative matter. Soon, they hope to use municipal garbage as a feedstock to create the alcohol. Although they did not say exactly how much they had made in their Vero Beach, Florida facility, they hope to begin shipments this August of the fossil fuel alternative. Their ultimate goal is to produce eight million gallons a year. Read the rest of INEOS Bio Creates First Commercial-Scale Waste to Biofuel System Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bacteria , biocatalyst , biofuel , distillation , fermentation , florida , gasification , ineos bio , peter williams , vero beach , Waste        

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New Chemical Process Produces Biofuel Strong Enough to Power Jets

November 9, 2012 by  
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Jet photo from Shutterstock Thanks to scientists harnessing the power of chemistry, you may one day soon fly in a plane fueled by plants. An article published in the journal Nature last week describes a new technique developed by researchers at UC Berkeley that can create biofuels powerful enough to be used as jet fuel. Created using bacterial fermentation and chemical catalysis , the amped up biofuel is ten times more powerful, and it can serve as a viable power source for large industrial vehicles and airplanes. Read the rest of New Chemical Process Produces Biofuel Strong Enough to Power Jets Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable energy” , acetone , biodiesel , biofuel , carbon , chemical catalysis , chemical process , Clostridium acetobutylicum , ETHANOL , fermentation , green fuel , green jet fuel , jet fuel , Nature , plane , renewable energy , renewable jet fuel , uc berkeley , westfalia

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