Danish brewer Carlsberg to swap plastic 6-pack rings for glue

September 6, 2018 by  
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The Danish beer company Carlsberg is doing its part in cutting down plastic waste . The brewing company just vowed to stop using plastic six-pack rings to hold its cans together, instead opting for glue. Once the new policy is in full swing, Carlsberg estimates it will save around 1,200 tons of plastic every year. CEO Cees ‘t Hart explained how Carlsberg experimented with some 40,000 variations before settling on the perfect glue. Hart described the glue as something similar in consistency to chewing gum and says it is just as effective as traditional plastic rings. Related: A beer crisis is brewing in Germany as bottle recycling slows amid heatwaves Carlsberg plans on debuting its glue-based six packs in Norway and the U.K. before distributing them around the world. Hart would not say how much the company invested in researching the new glue. The CEO did, however, assure customers that the price of Carlsberg beer would not go up with the new packaging. Instead, the company plans on using previous cuts to help pay for the new glue. Although Carlsberg invested heavily in the new glue, the company does not own the rights to the substance and hopes that other brewers will follow its lead. For reference, the glue does not stick to the hand once the cans are separated. Each six-pack will still feature a tiny plastic handle to make it easier to carry around. The new glue is not the only way in which Carlsberg is becoming more eco-friendly. In addition to ditching the traditional plastic rings, the company is improving the technology surrounding its recyclable bottles. Carlsberg is planning on using an extra layer of protection on each bottle that will increase its lifespan. The brewer has also created a new bottle cap that keeps the beer fresher and a different type of label ink that is more sustainable. It is yet to be determined if the moves will improve sales, but Carlsberg is definitely taking steps in the right direction for the environment. + Carlsberg Via Bloomberg , The Guardian Images via Carlsberg

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Crucifix Toad Teach Us About Adhesives?

August 16, 2013 by  
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Image ©  paulhypnos This colorful toad may be as tiny as a quarter, but he has got some big tricks up his sleeve. The  Crucifix Toad, also known as the Holy Cross Frog, ( Notaden bennettii ) , like all tadpoles, needs water. Unfortunately, this poor fellow lives deep in the Australian desert, where it might not rain for months, if not years. His small stature doesn’t help his cause either, and this little guy is a much desired snack for predators of all sizes. So, how does he cope in the face of constant uncertainty? Keep reading to learn more about this crafty little creature, and find out how his solutions can be applied to current human problems. Read the rest of The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Crucifix Toad Teach Us About Adhesives? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bioinspired design , biomimicry , crucifix frog , glue , holy cross frog        

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MakerBot and Stratasys Complete Merger to Form 3D Printing Super-Company

August 16, 2013 by  
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Back in June, desktop 3D printing leader MakerBot announced plans to merge with the Israeli company Stratasys , which specializes in industrial-level 3D printing and prototyping. Yesterday, the two companies announced that the deal is done. Although the companies are merging into one, MakerBot will continue to function as a separate entity, and it will continue to improve its already-popular desktop printers. “We are excited for the future,” said MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis . ”Full speed ahead!” Read the rest of MakerBot and Stratasys Complete Merger to Form 3D Printing Super-Company Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D fabrication , 3d printer , 3D printing , desktop 3d printer , makerbot , makerbot replicator 2 , prototyping , replicator , Stratasys        

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The SpamCam is a Clever Pinhole Camera Made from a Can of Spam

March 14, 2013 by  
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For most of us, it might be difficult to figure out what there is to see in a can of Spam. However, what there is to see through a can of Spam is an entirely different story. F295 user ‘underbyte’ has created a compact little pinhole camera made from the ham housing and a collection of household objects that he has dubbed the SpamCam . The whole contraption is complete with a square viewfinder and tripod mount, and is held together with little more than glue and a couple of rubber bands. Read the rest of The SpamCam is a Clever Pinhole Camera Made from a Can of Spam Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: camera , can , DIY , epoxy , f295 , Film , glue , holga , Photography , pinhole , polaroid , rubber bands , spam , spamcam , tripod , underbyte

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Fisker Automotive Founder Henrik Fisker Resigns Over ‘Major Disagreements’ with Business Strategy

March 14, 2013 by  
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Here’s a bit of surprising news: Fisker Automotive ‘s founding partner and executive chairman Henrik Fisker has resigned. Fisker Automotive has confirmed his resignation, but with very little details as to why. According to an email from Henrik Fisker announcing his resignation, he left the company that he helped create because of “several major disagreements . . . with the Fisker Automotive executive management on the business strategy.” Read the rest of Fisker Automotive Founder Henrik Fisker Resigns Over ‘Major Disagreements’ with Business Strategy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric car , fisker , Fisker Atlantic , fisker karma , fisker plug in hybrid , green car , green transportation , henrik fisker , hybrid car

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