FAU artist in residence to create paper from algae

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Beginning her residence as the eighth Salzberg artist in residence is former Boynton Beach resident Ingrid Schindall, 26, owner of the studio IS Projects in Fort Lauderdale, which produces letter press, fine art printing and book arts.

A graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Schindall studied print making with a concentration in book arts.

“I’m very excited for this opportunity to be the Salzberg artist in residence at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts,” she said.

Schindall said she hopes to explore new techniques in paper and print making working with seaweed and a macro-algae called Chaetomorpha to make paper at the beach. In preparation for this project, she has been growing the algae for months.

AskNature: How do you manage waste?

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The following is adapted from the Biomimicry Institute’s Ask Nature Collections of strategies and products, inspired by nature, to address the 21st century’s greatest design challenges. Find the full collections here.

It’s not pretty, but waste is an inevitable byproduct of life. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and sometimes the outcome is waste. Developments we’re making in health, technology, engineering and practically every other industry have enabled our societies to advance exponentially.

While this has led to incredible discoveries, many parts of the world have been left with the brunt of these innovations, crippled by overburdened waste streams and rampant environmental pollution. As some facets of our society evolve, others are falling further behind.

How, then, do we address this inequity? How do we make strides in industry while also being conscious of the waste we leave behind? As always, nature’s ideas could be just the ticket. This collection explores the ways that nature manages, reduces and reuses waste.

How does nature put energy-efficient chemical or physical processes to work to manage waste? How do species dispose of waste in more efficient ways or reduce the volume produced in the first place? Is one species’ trash another one’s treasure? Nature has developed incredible systems for managing waste, leading to healthier and more efficient ecosystems. Emulating nature’s strategies in human designs could uncover new solutions to our challenges with waste.

Brewery’s edible 6-pack rings protect marine animals

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A recent study found that 90 percent of seabirds have eaten plastic, and a lot of that plastic comes from the rings that hold together six-packs of beer, soda and other beverages. The marine life that lives in the oceans ingest plastics, too. These toxic plastics harm the health of our sea life, often killing them.

Saltwater Brewery in Florida created a six-pack ring that feeds animals instead of killing them. Many six-pack rings from beer end up in the ocean, so the brewery took barley and wheat remnants from the brewing process and turned them into an edible, compostable, biodegradable product that holds together a six-pack but doesn’t harm birds or sea life if it ends up in the ocean. It’s also strong enough to handle the weight of a six-pack.

This Beautiful Guitar Is Made From Linen Fibers And Industrial Waste Resin

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With very few exceptions, guitars—even electric guitars—are made of wood. From a sustainability point of view, this is bad, because they’re usually slow-growing hardwoods and sometimes exotic woods. In an acoustic guitar, where the music is generated and shaped by the vibrations of the soundboard, the kind of wood used can dramatically change the guitar’s tone. The preferred material is old-growth wood.

The El Capitan, from Blackbird guitars, looks as good as a wooden guitar, but is made from something far more sustainable—flax linen fibers mixed with resin gathered from industrial waste. The material is called Ekoa and in many ways, it’s better than wood.

Ford Will Soon Be Making Car Parts Out Of CO2 Pollution

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In a quest to use more advanced recycled materials in their vehicles, Ford is now mitigating pollution with a new kind of plastic polymer made from emissions.