The potato solution: how the Guardian switched to biodegradable packaging

Some background on The Guardian’s recent decision to begin using plastic derived from potatoes to wrap its supplements: Last year we used approximately 25 tonnes of plastic for wrapping, which is about half a tonne a week. We knew we had to find an alternative. The newsprint we use for newspapers, however, is more than […]

Air pollution masks – fashion’s next statement?

  Yesterday saw the launch of M90, an “urban breathing mask” created by the Swedish company Airinum and sold in more than 50 countries. Face masks are already a common sight in Asian countries, although the cheap washable cotton rectangles rarely perform well in tests. Surgical masks, the type usually worn by doctors, have tended […]

Biodegradable six-pack rings double as fish food

Florida’s Saltwater Brewery has a pretty clever idea for replacing those environment-destroying plastic rings holding your Tecate cans together: animal food. Technically, the rings are a combination of wheat and barley, leftover from the brewing process. The brewery hopes the biodegradable (and fully digestable!) packaging will help stop marine life and birds from choking on […]

Seabin – cleaning the ocean one marina at a time

This is a rather clever idea… and really simple. Seabin sucks water in and filters out plastic, fuel and other waste that otherwise floats near the surface. The Seabin project is currently attracting funding via IndieGogo – find out more here.

This Adidas 3D-printed sneaker is made from ocean waste

Adidas has teamed up with Parley for the Oceans — a movement aimed at eliminating the plastic waste that ends up in our seas — to create a new 3D-printed sneaker concept. The design consists of an upper made from “ocean plastic content” and a 3D-printed midsole made from recycled polyester and fishing nets. Adidas […]

Epson’s PaperLab turns useless trash into fresh sheets of paper

Epson has developed what it says is the first ever in-office paper recycling machine. You feed used documents into one end of the PaperLab, and out the other comes clean, white, printable sheets. It’s speedy too, churning out 14 A4 sheets every minute (that’s 6,720 sheets in an eight-hour work day), and can even produce […]