Dissolvable bioplastic bags from Bali are safe enough to drink

January 9, 2017 by  
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Plastic plagues the planet, clogging waterways and the stomachs of unwitting animals, but a new brand of bioplastic bags from Indonesia may offer a solution. Made from cassava root, these bags dissolve in hot water, breaking down into carbon dioxide and water without any toxic residue. Bali -based social enterprise Avani says their bags are biodegradable, compostable, recyclable, and when dissolved, safe enough to drink. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hp06mEgGdbY Many products that are marketed as eco-friendly are not beneficial to the environment . Biodegradable bags sound great, but can often leave toxic residues that make them harmful to marine life and plants. They often don’t degrade as well as claimed, causing death in thousands of sea animals. Avani eco-bags, on the other hand, can be dissolved in hot water almost instantly, soften in cold water, and are naturally converted into carbon dioxide, water and biomass within months. They can even biodegrade in landfills with the help of macro and micro-organisms. Related: Researchers Develop a Way to Make Plastic From Yard Waste Avani also makes other types of eco-friendly packaging products such as coffee cups and takeaway food packaging. They use renewable natural resources and claim that the entire production process is completely sustainable. The bags cost less than existing compostable plastics in the market, and the firm donates a portion of their proceeds to various local non-profit environmental projects. + Avani

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Six of the largest school districts in the US are ditching polystyrene

May 23, 2015 by  
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Six of the largest school districts in the nation announced that they are ditching  polystyrene trays (more commonly known as styrofoam) for eco-friendly compostable plates. The move is the result of a years long effort to get schools to introduce environmentally friendly options into our schools and it will not only be better for the environment, but it will help educate kids about the importance of making sustainable choices. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco friendly cafeteria , Eco friendly food , eco friendly food trays , eco friendly plates , eco friendly school , eco friendly schools , polystyrene , schools ditching styrofoam , styrofoam , styrofoam alternatives

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AgriDust transforms food waste into green packaging and plant pots

March 26, 2015 by  
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Packaging the Future: Biodegradable Planter Pots for Spring Gardening

March 5, 2015 by  
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Over the last decade there has been a dramatic increase in the availability of biodegradable plant pots , and I’m finding them everywhere from my beloved Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens (which sells locally grown, organic veggie seedlings and THE most gorgeous annuals and perennials) to the embarrassed-that-I-shop-there-occasionally Home Depot. If you have a green thumb, and want to avoid a heap of plastic where your garden is supposed to be, read on to check out some of the biodegradable pots that are available; and be sure to tell give your local nursery a thumbs-up if you notice they are using some of these options (consumer praise – and criticism – works!) Read the rest of Packaging the Future: Biodegradable Planter Pots for Spring Gardening Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative packaging materials , biodegradable pots , eco planter , Gardening , green design , green packaging , green pots , packaging the future , sustainable design , sustainable packaging , sustainable planters

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Artist Sarah Hatton’s newest artworks feature more dead honeybees arranged in intricate patterns

March 5, 2015 by  
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INFOGRAPHIC: Recycling tips for the holidays

December 8, 2014 by  
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Have you heard the term “closing the loop” with regard to holiday shopping? It refers to the idea of purchasing items made with recycled materials instead of brand-new products, like recycling a cell phone and then buying a refurbished one. Similarly, one can “close the loop” with decorations and wrappings by recycling any waste one year , and then choosing recycled cards and paper the following year. If everyone were to give sustainable , reusable gifts to their friends and family, and then recycle all the garbage created during get-togethers, we could cut down on a lot of landfill waste this year. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Recycling tips for the holidays Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cards , eco friendly presents , eco-friendly gifts , green christmas , green gift ideas , green gifts , green hanukkah , green holidays , green yule , Holiday , holidays , infographic , Recycle , recycled , recycled cards , recycled paper , recycled wrapping paper , recycling , refurbished , refurbished gift , refurbished gifts , reusable gift ideas , Sustainable , sustainable gift ideas , sustainable gifts , Wrapping Paper

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Nendo Designs Eco-Friendly Reusable Gift Wrap That Transforms Into a Tote Bag

November 10, 2014 by  
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Does This Gorgeous Packaging Tempt You to Eat the Insects Inside?

October 21, 2014 by  
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If you are like most Americans, the thought of biting into a nice, juicy cricket probably doesn’t hold much appeal. But many countries around the world consider insects to be a real treat. So how can we shift the perception from ‘yuk’ to ‘yum’? Sexyfood thinks they have the answer: by wrapping insects in gorgeous gold and black cans developed by Atelier Design, Sexyfood hopes to turn the lowly bug – including grasshoppers, waterbugs and scorpions – into a rare treat. Read the rest of Does This Gorgeous Packaging Tempt You to Eat the Insects Inside? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eating insects , edible ants , edible crickets , edible insects , edible scorpions , edible waterbugs , exotic foods , insect dining , insect tasting , Sexyfood , Sexyfood canned insects , sexyfood foods , Sexyfood insects , Sexyfood packaging , Sexyfood tinned insects , sustainable eating , sustainable food

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Ditch the Plastic Food Wrap With All-Natural and Reusable Bee’s Wrap

October 1, 2014 by  
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Clear plastic wrap is both really convenient and really wasteful. However, Vermont farmer Sarah Kaeck has developed a truly ingenious solution this food wrap waste problem with an all natural product called Bee’s Wrap . These washable and reusable organic cotton sheets are infused with a mix of beeswax , jojoba oil, and tree resin. When you apply the heat from your hands to them, they conform easily to bowl rims and wrap half-eaten bread loaves with ease. An extra bonus is the natural antibacterial properties of the jojoba oil and bee’s wax. Read the rest of Ditch the Plastic Food Wrap With All-Natural and Reusable Bee’s Wrap Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: all natural , bees wrap , beeswax , compostable , food storage , jojoba , jojoba oil , Sarah Kaeck , vermont

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Eco-Cleaning Company Ecover is Making Bottles Out of Recycled Ocean Plastic

May 12, 2014 by  
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Right now there are about 46,000 pieces of trash floating around in every square mile of the ocean, which is why Belgian company Ecover is now making their cleaning product packaging from plastic fished out of the sea. Taking plastic right out of the ocean, the company then processes it into detergent and dish soap containers . They are calling their new product the Ocean Bottle in an effort to bring attention to the problem of plastic pollution in our precious waterways. Read the rest of Eco-Cleaning Company Ecover is Making Bottles Out of Recycled Ocean Plastic Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco cleaning , Eco Cleaning company , Eco Cleaning Ecover , eco cleaning products , ecover , Ecover Belgium , Ecover Ocean Bottle , Ecover recycled plastic , Logoplaste , Logoplaste Ecover , Logoplaste Ocean Bottle , Ocean Bottle , Ocean Plastic , ocean plastic trash , ocean plastic waste , plastic trash , plastic waste , Recycled Plastic , recycling ocean plastic , recycling plastic

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