UnPlastic

UnPlastic is a compostable non-plastic foil. It is made from bio-waste: from food industry sources, by-products and brewery waste.

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Popcorn packaging

Popcorn based packaging to replace Styrofoam. A team of researchers use crushed corn, made from the inedible by-products of cornflakes production, and use a steam process to expand that crushed corn into what they call “granulated” popcorn.

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MycoComposite

MycoComposite by EcovativeDesign uses mycelium, the root structure of mushrooms, to grow materials that replace plastic. Mycelium is the root structure of mushrooms, and it is used to bind together organic agricultural byproducts, such as wood chips, to produce durable, bio-based and 100% compostable materials.

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SCOBY

MakeGrow Lab developes a new generation of materials and resources to replace fossil-fuels in packaging, textile and more. SCOBY is a home-compostable packaging solution which grows from bio-waste and is plastic free and home compostable. The material also serves as an oxygen and microbial barreer.

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FLAM

A group of researchers from Singapore University of Technology and Design created FLAM (fungal-like adhesive material), a biodegradable material made from cellulose and chitin that can be used for 3D printing.

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Peel Saver

An idea from a team of students at Nuova Academia dell Arte in Milano (Italy), Peel Saver is an alternative to street food packaging which replaces plasticized paper packaging. It is made from potato peels waste, macerated and naturally dried.

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Desintegra.me

Desintegra.me is a project working on the development of a new material that is extracted from algae and degrades in a period of 2 to 4 months.

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Aquafaba foam

Designer Paula Nerlich developed a kind of bioplastic based on aquafaba from chickpeas. Aquafaba is the liquid in which chickpeas are cooked and thus a by-product of their preparation. The team has discovered a way to use it for both flexible and rigid packaging. Aquafaba made from chickpeas is further mixed with other ingredients and boiled, after which it is shaped into the desired form. It is currently being tested and appears to have potential for industrial production.

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Shell Homage

Shell Homage is a biodegradable composite material made from egg and nut shells without toxic chemicals. It is applicable for product design, interior design, consumer goods, fashion industry and jewelry design.

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Shellworks

Shellworks makes compostable materials by extracting a biopolymer (chitin) from shellfish waste. The products are compostable and can break down in marine, soil and domestic environments, and when broken down the material also acts as a natural fertilizer for plants.

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