All it takes is one quick trip to the grocery store to see that we consume an absurd amount of single-use plastic. Your toothpaste tube is plastic. The pasta you bought for dinner is packaged in plastic. Your favorite granola bars come in—you’ve probably guessed already—plastic. If you don’t want to hear any more depressing news reports about dead whales full of plastic, then we’ve got to do more than recycling our water bottles and hummus containers. We need to find an alternative for all the single-use plastic we use and throw away day to day.
Thankfully, there are some innovative folks who are hard at work finding viable solutions, and the initiative BeyondPlastic.net wants you to know about them. Every year Beyond Plastic awards students, designers, engineers, and inventors for concepts and solutions that reduce plastic. Here a few winners that we thought were pretty dang cool.
Ponto Bio Design
Unpack Less, Peel more is packaging for personal care products that’s completely biodegradable.
The Item Bag 2.0
Meet the Item Bag 2.0, a shipping bag that’s biodegradable. Seriously, after you’ve received your package in the mail you can throw this bag into boiling water and it will completely dissolve.
Why package your food in single-use plastic when you could be doing it with algae? Industrial designer Margarita Talep has designed a new material from algae that can either be rigid or elastic. After it’s been used, the packaging will naturally degrade over a period of two to four months.
Now brushing your teeth doesn’t have to be at the cost of the environment. This eco-friendly toothpaste uses an impermeable cardboard for the tube, and a biodegradable bioplastic made from corn starch, tapioca roots, and sugarcane for the cap. Get brushing!
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