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Harvard Scientists Create Super Strong Degradable Bioplastic from Shrimp Shells

Harvard Scientists Create Super Strong Degradable Bioplastic from Shrimp Shells

Thanks to a team of Harvard scientists, being called a "shrimp" will no longer amount to an insult. The University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering isolated chitin in the arthropod's

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The BFI Announces the 2013 Semi-Finalists for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge

The BFI Announces the 2013 Semi-Finalists for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge

This week the Buckminster Fuller Institute announced the 19 semi-finalists that will take part in the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. The competition recognizes projects that solve some of humanity's

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Packaging the Future: Edible Wrappers, Containers and Bags (Yum?)

Packaging the Future: Edible Wrappers, Containers and Bags (Yum?)

Here at Inhabitat we've been hoping for, and advocating, biodegradable packaging for years, but now designer entrepreneurs are thinking even bigger; how about packaging one could actually consume? Turning

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6 Easy Tips to Green Your 4th of July!

6 Easy Tips to Green Your 4th of July!

Summer veggies, Shutterstock 1. Go Meatless for the Day Nothing says 4th of July like a backyard barbecue but the global meat industry has put a terrible strain on the planet. So this year, why not

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Miniwiz’s Biodegradable ‘Re-Wine Classic’ Wine Totes Snap Together Like Legos

Miniwiz’s Biodegradable ‘Re-Wine Classic’ Wine Totes Snap Together Like Legos

Taiwanese design firm Miniwiz is putting an elegant new spin on a classic party-going gift with their new Re-wine Classic: a biodegradable, recycled wine tote that makes any gift of the good stuff a whole

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Cheap Cardboard Packaging Protects One of the World’s Most Expensive Olive Oils

Cheap Cardboard Packaging Protects One of the World’s Most Expensive Olive Oils

Choosing a cheap, recyclable cardboard to protect one of the world's most expensive olive oils is not the most obvious of design choices, but Spanish multidisciplinary design studio CuldeSac™ packed a

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Compostable Packaging Test: Natureworks Ingeo Corn Cups

Compostable Packaging Test: Natureworks Ingeo Corn Cups

The corn cup, moments before I took it out to compost. I went to the website for the cups, which are made by Natureworks, and my initial frustration with the fact that the cup hadn't broken down was

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Pantene to Roll Out First Sugarcane-Based Packaging This Month

Pantene to Roll Out First Sugarcane-Based Packaging This Month

Pantene is a popular hair care staple for many women and men alike, so we were pleased to catch wind that the company will be shipping its first plant-based plastic containers to stores in Western

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SunChips Unveils New, Quieter 100% Compostable Bags

SunChips Unveils New, Quieter 100% Compostable Bags

SunChips announced yesterday that created a new, quieter plant-based bag.

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Egregious Packaging Hall of Shame: Plastic Bags Truly Do Suck

Egregious Packaging Hall of Shame: Plastic Bags Truly Do Suck

Each year nearly 380 billion plastic bags are used in the US -- any only 7 percent of them are recycled. The plastic scourge clogs waterways and takes hundreds of years to break down into smaller plastic

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Compostable Packaging Test: Do Bambu Plates Breakdown?

Compostable Packaging Test: Do Bambu Plates Breakdown?

While they’re definitely an attractive set, have you ever wonder how compostable Bambu brand bamboo plates really are? This week in Packaging the Future, we’re thrilled to bring you the latest

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Compostable Packaging Test: Bambu Plates Breakdown

Compostable Packaging Test: Bambu Plates Breakdown

This week we're thrilled to bring you the latest installment of our Packaging the Future compost tests, where we break down the real-life biodegradability of eco packaging. Although I started this series

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Egregious Packaging Hall of Shame: Styrofoam Packaging

Egregious Packaging Hall of Shame: Styrofoam Packaging

By now we’re all privy to the environmental pitfalls that come with using styrofoam - so why in the world is this material still so prevalent? Known to boast a biodegradability factor of just about

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Egregious Packaging Hall of Shame: Styrofoam

Egregious Packaging Hall of Shame: Styrofoam

Photo © David Gilford Styrofoam is one of the world's most environmentally unsound packaging materials - not only does it stick around in the environment forever (I'll never forget swimming around a

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PACKAGING THE FUTURE: Inspiration from Ants!

PACKAGING THE FUTURE: Inspiration from Ants!

Thus far in our Packaging the Future Series, we've looked at how plants (coconuts) and animals (Wombat butts) can serve as inspiration for planet-friendly packaging. But insects, with their tough,

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Can Whole Foods’ Deli Containers Really Be Composted?

Can Whole Foods’ Deli Containers Really Be Composted?

We love Whole Foods for their wide selection of health conscious packaged goods and organic fruits and vegetables. But one popular spot in this shop that gets a lot of attention is the store’s salad bar

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Compostable Packaging Test: Whole Foods Deli Containers

Compostable Packaging Test: Whole Foods Deli Containers

Today marks the second installment of our new Packaging the Future series, which explores a greener future for packaging design, brought to you by Eco Chick founder and green journalist Starre

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First 100% Compostable Chip Bags to Hit Shelves Soon

First 100% Compostable Chip Bags to Hit Shelves Soon

Frito-Lay has been working for a year now on developing and testing a biodegradable bag that will completely break down in an ordinary compost pile. The corn-based polymer chip bags are set to hit store

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