Instead Of Throwing Out This Plastic Wrapper, You Eat It

Read the full story in Fast Company.

If you buy a Belgian waffle at a food festival this weekend in Ubud, Bali, you’ll be able to eat the wrapper it comes in. A waffle vendor is one of the early customers testing new food packaging made from seaweed instead of plastic: The wrapper is nutritious if it’s eaten, and if it ends up as litter, it naturally biodegrades.

Non-toxic flame retardant enters market, study suggests

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Chemists have developed and patented an environmentally friendly way to produce flame retardants for foams that can be used in mattresses and upholstery. Unlike previous flame retardants made of chemicals containing chlorine, the new material is non-toxic and effective, researchers say.

El-egg-tronics: how egg white could help us make transparent, flexible devices

Read the full story at TechRadar.

Researchers from Southwest University in China, led by Qunliang Song, showed that when egg white is mixed with hydrogen peroxide, a series of chemical reactions occur that allow the material to be turned into a film that can be used to make transparent, flexible resistive memory.

How C&A created the world’s first Cradle to Cradle T-shirt

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

This is a story about an extraordinary effort to transform an ordinary piece of clothing.

In June, C&A, the international Dutch chain of retail clothing stores, launched a line of T-shirts certified to the Cradle to Cradle standard, meaning that they were designed and manufactured in a way that is benign to the environment and human health, and whose materials can be recirculated safely back into industrial materials or composted into the soil.

It represents, in no small measure, the future of product design and manufacturing.

Nike sports new low carbon ‘Flyleather’ footwear material

Read the full story in Business Green.

Nike has announced a new “game-changing” low carbon leather material designed for use across its footwear range, which it claims has an 80 per cent lower carbon footprint compared to traditional leather manufacturing.

The sportswear giant’s ‘Flyleather’ material is made with 50 per cent recycled natural leather fibre, it revealed this week, and uses 90 per cent less water in the production process than conventional leather.

Welcome to the future, where your phone can fix its own smashed screen

Read the full story in The Guardian.

From self-healing phone screens to concrete that repairs itself, businesses are investing in futuristic materials. But can it curb our throwaway habits?