We need biodegradable materials made out of organic sources to replace plastic, cement, and other carbon-intensive materials ASAP. Fortunately, there's a lot of very cool research being done in this field.Continued
Not as exciting as it sounds – BUT it is another example of a valuable source of biomaterials that we've been throwing away or burning instead of making better use of it.
Given that 75%-86% of the plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is thought to come from the fishing and aquaculture industries, this seems like a good thing.
Spoiler: turns out the secret ingredient is starch.
The company sources its plant material from agricultural waste and aims to replace several thousand metric tons of plastic a year.
Researchers in Ontario say they've developed a biodegradable material made from hemp that could be used for product packaging.