From Pond Scum to Food Bowl, Dutch Designers 3D-Print Algae Into Everyday Products

Posted on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 by

You might not think of pond scum as something that’s good for the environment, but Dutch designers have developed a bioplastic made from algae that they hope could replace petroleum-based plastics. According to Dezeen, Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros have been cultivating live algae and processing it into material that can be used for 3D printing. This algae polymer can be churned into […]

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Eco-friendly wooden motorcycle uses algae for fuel

Posted on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 by

Motorcycles get a lot of bad press for their environmental footprint. that’s why, when dutch designer ritsert mans has teamed up with scientist peter mooij, the duo wanted to create a ride that both looked and drove in a way that was harmonious with nature. their unconventional wooden motorbike gets all its power naturally—from algae oil—a fuel source […]

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How Midwestern Farmers Could Help Save the Gulf of Mexico

Posted on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 by

If you pay state taxes in Maryland, you fund a program that gives farmers as much as $90 per acre—$22,500 annually for a typical corn operation—to plant a crop that’s not even intended for harvest. This absurd-sounding initiative cost the state’s coffers a cool $24 million in 2015. Yet I come not to expose a government boon­doggle, but […]

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How Algae Can Help Sweden Eliminate Carbon Emissions

Posted on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 by

Algae is often considered a nuisance, but for Sweden, the rapidly growing sea plant is now an asset. As the Scandinavian country works to cut all of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, it’s using algae to sop up the carbon emissions from cement. Cement production, it turns out, is a major source […]

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Ford and Jose Cuervo Partner To Make Bioplastic From Agave

Posted on Friday, June 2nd, 2017 by

Why would an American car company and a Mexican tequila company ever team up? In the case of Ford Motor Co. and Jose Cuervo: to make bioplastics from an agave byproduct. Ford researchers are testing the durability and heat resistance of the agave material for use in vehicle interior and exterior components like wiring harnesses, […]

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Amphibious shoe made with algae-based foam

Posted on Thursday, June 1st, 2017 by

The company that makes “shoes for people who don’t want to wear them” is introducing a new model of adventure shoe constructed with EVA foam made from algae biomass. As far as modern materials go, plastic in all its myriad forms has got to be one of the most widely used (and overused) technologies […]

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Biofuels, bioplastics, Moss-based drugs and algae for food

Posted on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 by

All of these are pioneering areas of GreenTech progress this year.  So what are the major developments in this forward-thinking field? 1. 100% Biodegradable Potato Plastics The Italian company Bio-On from Bologna is specialized in the production of environmentally sustainable materials, including Minverv PHAs. These are ‘green’ biopolymers with the same thermo-mechanical properties of the […]

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Mitigating climate change through coastal ecosystem management

Posted on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 by

Blue carbon is the carbon captured by the world’s oceans and coastal ecosystems. The carbon captured by living organisms in oceans is stored in the form of biomass and sediments from mangroves, salt marshes, seagrasses and potentially algae. The International Blue Carbon Initiative is a coordinated, global program focused on mitigating climate […]

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Will Buildings of the Future Be Cloaked In Algae?

Posted on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 by

Built by a London architecture firm, a new gazebo has a living “skin” that produces oxygen and absorbs considerable amounts of carbon dioxide. In the future, green buildings may actually be green. A gazebo, unveiled this month at the Expo 2015 world’s fair in Milan, demonstrates how algae-filled plastic could serve as a living “skin” for […]

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Living Microalgae Lamp Absorbs CO2 from the Air

Posted on Thursday, May 21st, 2015 by

French biochemist Pierre Calleja has invented an innovative algae lamp, and it’s claimed to absorb 200-times more CO2 than trees, at the rate of 1-ton annually, or what a tree absorbs over its entire lifetime. Pierre has basically developed a lighting system that requires no electricity for power. Instead, it draws carbon dioxide from […]

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