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Mazda unveils exterior car parts made from plants!

Mazda unveils exterior car parts made from plants!

Ford already uses plants like tomatoes to make several parts for the interiors of its vehicles and now Mazda has announced that it has furthered the technology to produce exterior car parts. Mazda's new

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Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic

Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic

Photo via Shutterstock As fruit, bananas are perfectly packaged – all the protection they need is provided by their flexible, resilient peels. As then-sixteen-year-old Turkish student Elif Bilgin

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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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Harry Yoell’s Potato Starch Plant Pots Biodegrade at the End of Their Lifecycle

Harry Yoell’s Potato Starch Plant Pots Biodegrade at the End of Their Lifecycle

Designer Harry Yoell created this set of sustainable herb pots from his own potato starch-based bioplastic. The green material is very light and strong, and once the pots have served their purpose they

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Ecover to Launch Bottles Made From Salvaged Sea Plastic and Bioplastic

Ecover to Launch Bottles Made From Salvaged Sea Plastic and Bioplastic

Two million plastic bottles are used in the UK every day, and over 50% of them are recycled. To help ensure the sustainability of its cleaning products, Ecover introduced a new plastic made from sugarcane

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Ford Uses Edible and Recycled Materials To Make Eco-Friendly Car Parts

Ford Uses Edible and Recycled Materials To Make Eco-Friendly Car Parts

Inhabitat attended last week’s Ford’s Go Further Trend Conference, where Ford’s researchers were on hand to show some of the latest materials extracted from plants that are being used in Ford

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SpudCoat: A Rain Poncho That Can Be Planted to Yield Tomatoes or Cucumbers

SpudCoat: A Rain Poncho That Can Be Planted to Yield Tomatoes or Cucumbers

Rain ponchos can hardly be considered a fashion staple. After being worn once, or maybe twice, they often wind up in the trash. Taking a stand for sustainability, a Japanese microbiologist developed the

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Scientists Developing Self-Healing Plastics Inspired by Rubber Tree Plants

Scientists Developing Self-Healing Plastics Inspired by Rubber Tree Plants

Research centers around the globe are working to develop eco-friendly self-healing plastics.

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U.S. Department of Energy Announces New Biofuel for the Replacement of Gasoline

U.S. Department of Energy Announces New Biofuel for the Replacement of Gasoline

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has just announced a breakthrough discovery in the world of biofuels. Led by Energy Secretary Steven Chu, the research team headed up by the Department’s BioEnergy

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Scientist Produces Plastic From Natural Gas

Scientist Produces Plastic From Natural Gas

Peak oil signifies disaster for plastics producers -- ethene, one of the raw materials used to make plastics, relies on abundant supplies of oil for production. But Dutch researcher Tymen Tiemersma thinks

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Samsung Unveils Green Phone Made From Corn

Samsung Unveils Green Phone Made From Corn

The Reclaim - Samsung and service partner Sprint’s newest green phone - has innovative features that go beyond the bare bones that similar products like Motorola’s W233 Renew phone offers. This

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Chocolate-Powered Race Car Made Out of Vegetables

Chocolate-Powered Race Car Made Out of Vegetables

If we told you that the formula race car of the future is powered by chocolate, features a body made from potatoes, and a steering wheel made from carrots, you might say we've been reading too many

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Metabolix Grows Bioplastics in Switchgrass

Metabolix Grows Bioplastics in Switchgrass

Bioplastics are becoming a burgeoning industry as the cost of oil climbs and the disastrous nature of petroleum-based plastics is revealed in full effect. This past Monday Metabolix announced an

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CAPSULA MUNDI

CAPSULA MUNDI

The most earthly looking eco-burial container that we've found is the Capsula Mundi, created by a pair of Italian designers who wanted to remove the taboo from the burial process and give it a new

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