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Young and talented Brazilian Manuela Yamada surprised us with her remarkable research and product development. Nearly 10% of Rio de Janeiro’s waste is represented by coconut shells, which lay rotten in the streets attracting insects. Yamada developed an
 
Young and talented Brazilian Manuela Yamada surprised us with her remarkable research and product development. Nearly 10% of Rio de Janeiro’s waste is represented by coconut shells, which lay rotten in the streets attracting insects. Yamada developed an extraordinary new way to get rid of this waste with the creation of a new material. Made from coconut fiber and local manioc flour, Botiá is an inexpensive, easy to mold, light, firm and hydrosoluble composite that can be used for several purposes -- in particular food packaging.

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