Shellworks upcycles leftover lobster shells into biodegradable bioplastics

March 15, 2019 by  
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Four design students from The Royal College of Art and Imperial College have created a biodegradable and recyclable bioplastic using an unusual material — lobster shell waste. In an initiative dubbed Shellworks , the team — Ed Jones, Insiya Jafferjee, Amir Afshar and Andrew Edwards — has developed new manufacturing machines to produce what they believe is a sustainable replacement for single-use plastics. The malleable bioplastic is extremely versatile and can be adjusted in thickness, transparency, flexibility and stiffness to create a variety of biodegradable objects. The critical ingredient in the Shellworks’ bioplastic is chitlin, the world’s second most abundant biopolymer naturally found in the exoskeletons of crustaceans and insects. Rather than purchase chitlin, an expensive material on its own, the team opted to built a custom small-scale extractor as well as three custom manufacturing machines — the Dippy, a heated dip molder to create 3D forms; the Vaccy, a steam-heated vacuum former for making molded packaging; and the Sheety, a sheet-forming device for creating controlled flat sheets — that each take advantage of a specific material property for different applications. Prototypes have ranged from antibacterial blister packaging to self-fertilizing plant pots. Since the beginning, product recyclability has stayed at the forefront of Shellworks’ design objectives. Thus, the team steered clear of additives during experimentation and discovered that they could manipulate the bioplastic’s properties by adjusting the ratios of the base ingredients. The highly versatile and recyclable material can be easily turned from a solid back to the original bioplastic solution or used as a natural, non-polluting fertilizer at the end of its lifecycle. Related: Reebok develops plant-based sneakers made of cotton and corn The Shellworks team said, “By designing scalable manufacturing processes, applications tailored to the material and eco-positive waste streams, we believe we can demonstrate how chitosan bioplastic could become a viable alternative for many of the plastic products we use today.” + Shellworks Images via Shellworks

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Shellworks upcycles leftover lobster shells into biodegradable bioplastics

Only 4 Days Left to Win This Self-Watering Tri-Pot (worth $50!)

November 5, 2010 by  
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Have you been looking for a way to more easily grow some greens in your home this winter? Then look no further, because this spectacular TriPot may be just what you need to bring some life back to your barren home. This week we’re giving away one of these self-watering planters to one lucky reader

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Artist Melts 1,527 Guns to Make Shovels for Tree Planting!

November 5, 2010 by  
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The city of Culiacán , in western Mexico has the highest rate of gun deaths in the country. After speaking with family members of victims of drug crimes in the city, artist Pedro Reyes decided to use its prolific amount of firearms to help the local botanical garden. In the ultimate act of recycling , Reyes and the garden started a campaign for residents to hand over their guns to the artist in exchange for a coupon that they could use to buy electronics or household appliances.

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Sun Filled Retrofitted Barn Retreat in The Netherlands

November 5, 2010 by  
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This sun-filled remodel of a barn took what was a plain space and made it something extraordinary, leaving the adjacent dysfunctional and disconnected house as an office work space. Called House G, the dwelling’s success is a result of  Maxwan Architect s’ incorporated daylight and smart minimalist floor.

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GIVEAWAY: Win This Self-Watering TriPot Worth $50!

October 24, 2010 by  
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Do you suddenly acquire the touch of death whenever a plant comes anywhere near your home? Well lose the somber gaze and get excited for your first step towards a greener thumb! This week we’re giving away an amazing self-watering TriPot from Greenamic (worth $50) to help you keep your plants happy and healthy. Not only does this awesome recyclable pot let plants “take care of themselves” for up to 8-weeks, but they use less H2O than conventional methods for watering

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