09 Jul '12, 1pm

Innovating a sea change in reducing plastic waste

Innovating a sea change in reducing plastic waste

Policies explored included increasing recycling of plastics through extended producer responsibility policies, alternative materials choices with a less harmful footprint than plastics, and innovative ways to use less plastic. Eben Bayer, CEO of Ecovative showed how agricultural wastes and mushroom fungus can be “grown” into solid molded packaging materials without the use of petrochemicals. Dell uses the mycelium-based molding as an alternative to polystyrene and polyethylene-based cushioning for its product packaging. The material breaks down naturally and can and be spread over gardens as compost. Also featured at Plasticity Rio was Replenish , a household cleaner that comes in a mostly empty plastic bottle with concentrate attached in a specially designed pod on the base. The consumer adds water and replaces the pod when it’s empty, but the bottle can be reused indefin...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2012/07/09/innovating-sea-ch...

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