Sometimes I think we get over-
So, “what if” we could make plastic out of something else? Something that would be biodegradable in a matter of weeks? You see, it’s not the end product that’s the problem, like straws, cups, bottle, etc. The problem is what the plastic is made of.
A British company, Skipping Rocks Lab, introduced a water bottle in 2013 made from brown seaweed. Called Ooho, you can actually eat the bottle after you finish the water. (I wonder what you wash the bottle down with?) Now Skipping Rocks wants to begin making disposable paper cups from that same brown seaweed. The co-
Gonzalez also pointed out that “To date, paper cups are often lined or coated with plastic such as polyethylene (PE) or oil-
Cups that claim to be 100% biodegradable or compostable are usually made from polylactic acid (PLA), a polyester derived from renewable resources such as starches, which still takes a long time to break down. “PLA is compostable but only in industrial compostable sites, so you need to identify that cup and bring it to a special facility that is going to apply specific pressure, heat and ionic liquids in order for it to start to decompose,” said González. “If not, nothing is going to happen.”
The idea is to use seaweed as a bio-
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By the way, The NH table says it takes one million years for a glass bottle to decompose!