Even fish can eat Nuatan, the bioplastic that could answer the plastic pollution crisis

October 1, 2018 by  
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A potential solution to the world’s plastic pollution crisis has recently been unveiled at the London Design Festival. Crafting Plastics Studio, established by design duo Vlasta Kubušová and Miroslav Král, created the all-natural alternative, which is made from corn starch, sugar and cooking oil. According to the team, who researches and constructs cutting-edge materials for their avant-garde designs, Nuatan has the possibility to “replace all the packaging we know,” because it is so safe that even fish can eat it. At a glance, Nuatan may seem elementary in its composition, however, Kubušová and Král spent six years conceiving the bioplastic with material scientists at the Slovak University of Technology. This is time well spent, considering that the composition is enduring, rapidly degradable and safe to ingest. More durable than previous bioplastic samples, the material can last up to 15 years and withstands temperatures over 212 degrees Fahrenheit (100 degrees Celsius). Related: This edible, plastic-free packaging is grown from kombucha starter “For the first time, a fully bio-based, biodegradable material can be considered as a competitor in terms of properties and processability,” the designers explained. Nuatan’s applications are limitless, because the poly-blend is not restricted to blow-forming like traditional plastics are. Crafting Plastics Studio designed the material to succeed in any production chain. “We’re using it for 3D printing , injection molding and other plastic manufacturing technologies,” the team said. Approval of a food-safety certificate would mean that Nuatan could realistically replace all packaging , because the material is biodegradable. Industrial composters would have no trouble breaking down the substance. The possible solution to replacing single-use plastics such as plastic bags, plates, straws, water bottles, cutlery and others is found in the patented combination of naturally derived Polyacid Acid (PLA) from corn starch with Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB), which is corn starch that has been processed by microorganisms. Because Nuatan’s composition is not formulated from carbon-based raw materials, “it degrades inside the human body or animals,” Kubušová explained. This biocompatible feature, along with Nuatan’s durability, means that it can be used in nearly everything except heavy-duty situations, such as vehicle construction. At a lower energy and resource consumption value than traditional petroleum-based plastics, Nuatan ticks all the boxes regarding environmental sustainability and climate change relief. Faced with a high cost of production, there is still some time before the new bioplastic will see widespread use. But increased demand could help drive the cost of materials down to affordable levels. “We are hoping to find collaborators who want to include it in the right products, and not combine it with other materials, so it’s a mono-material,” Kubušová said. Faithful to their ethical and capable inception, the team made a very valid point — “If we can find the right collaborators, it can change things a lot.” For a lot of people, a lot of animals and a lot of places on Earth… + Crafting Plastics Via Dezeen Images via Adam Šakový, Andrej Andrej and Lucia Scerankova / Crafting Plastics

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Eco minded inventor creates Solar Electric Robot Chariot

September 5, 2011 by  
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Purnima Gangta: Rollerblading Robot Robot powered by solar energy After Dubya Bot Chariot , Bob Schneevis is back with something he calls the Solar Electric Robot Chariot. A robot has taken over the place of the chariot driver in this new design. The new chariot was unveiled at the Maker Faire Bay Area. The robot makes good use of renewable solar energy, which is its main source of power. The onboard solar panels provide energy to a set of batteries, which are then used to power the robotic legs. The robot moves its legs by gliding around a pair of rollerblades; it’s similar to the way we humans walk, but with the exception of rollerblades. Rollerblading Robot Robot powered by solar energy The chauffeur ride is guided with the help of cameras for mechanized movement, so that chariot can move in any direction. Actually this is the one of the best way for traveling around in an eco-friendly manner. It’s going to be fun for one and all. After all it provides you an emission-free ride, acquaintance with fresh air and scene of happening around you. Via: Engadget

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Best of Inhabitat: The 2011 Detroit Auto Show Goes Green

January 14, 2011 by  
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With almost half of the cars unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show this week having eco-friendly features, it was clear that the road carmakers are forging into the future is indeed a green one. The Inhabitat team was there talking to auto execs and snapping exclusive shots of the most anticipated releases from the fiery Inizio electric supercar to the pod-like GM EN-V and the whole

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China Takes Smart Grid Lead With Projected $61.4 Billion Market

January 14, 2011 by  
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Photo by SMercury98 via Flickr Creative Commons The trend of China taking the lead on smart grid spending isn’t new. Zpryme showed that the country would outspend the US in this sector during 2010

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E-Rider electric mountain bike generate up to 2,000 watts

September 9, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Electric bike powered by a 36-volt lithium-ion battery pack. Sporting stylishly muscular looks, the “E-Rider” is the latest work by the German bike-maker Conway. The electric mountain bike unveiled at the Eurobike 2010 in Germany is one of the most striking bikes I have seen of late

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