Category: Sustainable design

These crabs on your mattress won’t make you crabby

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Tidal Vision uses “green chemistry” — defined as chemical products and processes that don’t generate hazardous substances — to extract the chitin from crab shells, the company says. It then produces industry specific chitosan products in easy-to-use liquid form.

For textiles, it manufactures an antimicrobial, antibacterial treatment that is also fire retardant and non-allergenic. The chitosan-based product can replace the non-biodegradable synthetic chemicals that have traditionally been used — for example, in fabrics for hospital uniforms and bedding — including heavy metals such as silver or copper, which can wash out of materials and pollute waterways.

It also costs less, 20 to 30 percent less than synthetic treatments, Eric Westgate, senior vice president of Leigh Fibers, told GreenBiz.

These gorgeous Zara party dresses are made from carbon emissions

Read the full story at Fast Company.

Before it was made into holiday dresses, the silky black fabric used in a new capsule collection from Zara started life as carbon emissions. At a steel mill in China, a startup called LanzaTech uses microbes to turn the factory’s captured emissions into ethanol, something that would usually be made from fossil fuels. The ethanol is then processed into monoethylene glycol, one of the components used to make polyester.

This new ultraefficient Habitat for Humanity house is also easy for volunteers to assemble

Read the full story at Fast Company.

To build Habitat for Humanity’s new design for a passive house, volunteers just need to put prefab parts together. It could help make sustainable-home construction more affordable.

Solar panels aren’t designed to be recycled—which is a $15 billion mistake

Read the full story at Fast Company.

For emerging technologies to be truly sustainable, they need to be designed with the circular economy in mind from the start.

Watch this magic plastic instant-coffee package disappear in your drink

Read the full story at Fast Company.

It’s made of seaweed (tasteless, don’t worry)—and can also work for things like tea bags, noodles, or detergent.

Recyclable, back-contact solar panel from the Netherlands

Read the full story at pv magazine.

Conceived by a Dutch consortium, according to Design for Recycling guidelines, the panel is being developed with two different encapsulants, one for the front of the module, which joins the glass and cells together; and a slightly different formulation for the back of the module, which attaches cells and backsheet together.

How chemistry is part of the solution to climate change – and not just part of the problem

Read the full story from the World Economic Forum.

There’s little doubt that chemistry has had a profound and positive impact on our lives. Used in everything from detergent and toothpaste, to medicines, plastic, paints and beyond, chemicals play an integral role in society. Unfortunately, using some comes with serious unintended consequences, with harmful compounds damaging both the environment and human health.

While it can pose problems, chemistry is not the enemy. In fact, one branch of chemistry – green chemistry – offers a promising solution. Taking its lead from nature, its approach is to design chemical products and processes in a way that reduces or eliminates the use or generation of hazardous substances, thereby creating better, safer end results and reducing waste. Its application encompasses the entire life cycle of a product, from design and manufacture, through to use and recycling or disposal at the end of its useful life.

Fracking fashion: Argentine designers turns shale sand bags into handbags

Read the full story from Reuters.

An Argentine fashion firm has found a new source of inspiration – and materials – in an unlikely location: oil industry burlap plastic sacks from the country’s huge Vaca Muerta shale formation, which they recycle to make shoes, bags and purses.

Estée Lauder explores paper-based bottles to help meet sustainable packaging goals

Read the full story at ESG Today.

Prestige beauty company Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) announced today that it has joined the Pulpex partner consortium, a collaboration of leading packaged goods companies dedicated to developing paper-based bottles.

Pulpex is a first-of-its-kind technology that forms bottles from wood pulp using 100% renewable feedstocks from responsibly managed forests. It was launched in 2020 as a collaboration between venture management company Pilot Lite and beverage alcohol company Diageo. Additional partners in the consortium include Unilever, PepsiCo, GSK Consumer Healthcare and Castrol.

Scientists unveil environmentally friendly ‘jelly ice cube’ set to transform food storage and shipping

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have developed a new type of cooling cube that they claim could revolutionize how food is kept cold and shipped fresh without relying on ice or traditional cooling packs.

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