Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Refuse and Repair in one package-free store? It’s happening in Brooklyn, NYC, with the pop-up store run by Lauren Singer and Daniel Silverstein, two trash bloggers who have been on a zero-waste journey for years. ‘Think outside the box’ is the message. The Package Free Shop curates the products they sell to support a zero-waste lifestyle, ranging from reusable coffee cups to compostable toothbrushes. If this store opened a thousand branches across the globe, how much waste could we reduce? Read more about the Package Free project here. If you’re in NYC this summer, go and visit.
Water contained in edible membrane made out of seaweed- just pop a blob of water into your mouth and get hydrated. This innovative product is called Ohoo! and is made by Skiping Rocks Lab. Their plan is to make packaging disappear using natural material extracted from plants and seaweed. Ohoo! is only their first product. What’s next?
Do you eat fish? Then you need to watch this ASAP. 1 in 4 fish contain plastic, which humans then eat. This can’t be good…
Some good (little) news for the sea. Goodbye, plastic cotton buds. Plastic cotton buds are the number one item of plastic, sewage-related debris found on our beaches and rivers, according to the last year’s Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean. The switch to paper handles began on Monday, and the new products will be on shop shelves in Britain within the coming weeks. Johnson & Johnson said it will prevent tens of thousands of tonnes of plastic reaching the seas. – Telegraph
Yet another great use for bamboo- this time coming out of Thailand. Great video and article over at CNN. The company is using a technology devised at a Bangkok university to make its zero-waste packaging. It hopes it will eventually replace many of the Styrofoam boxes and plastic bags that end up in huge garbage dumps across Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries. Its eco-friendly formula took five years to develop and is so adaptable it could end up being used to package things like furniture and even phones. The bamboo it uses comes from leftover scraps from the chopstick manufacturing process. – CNN Money
A radical way to counter obnoxious plastic. “It’s amazing how much a researcher can learn when he starts to think. We seem to be researching endlessly, but this guy seems to be actually doing something. It’s such an amazing initiative. Please watch the talk. Here’s more about INKTalks.”