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Green Plastic For a Change

An Indonesian company Evoware is using seawood to make plastic items so healthy and nutritious that instead of discarding, you can eat or compost them. Knives, forks, cups, wrappers, plates, packaging you can biodegrade into usable nutrition for farming or even munch on when you’re finished as part of the meal.

About 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year, which is about 5400 Titanics, or equal to the total weight of every human on earth if you could find large enough scales. Only about 10% of this plastic is recycled. Approximately 7 million tons end up in the oceans where they are creating a well documented and desperate ecological crisis.

According to government sources, more than 300 companies are doing oceans-sector business in Nova Scotia, including more than 60 innovators of new, high-tech products and services. Notable is, for instance, Acadian Seafood which uses seaweed to make unusual food products. Biodegradable plastic from seaweed might be another lucrative possibility. The plastics industry globally is estimated to be worth $650 billion by 2020.

Nova Scotia has lots of seaweed.

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3 replies, 3 voices Last updated by  Wayside Stories 1 year, 6 months ago
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  • Wayside Stories @WaysideSupport

    I read that ALL plastic ever created is still with us in one way or another: I now understand fro this that only 10% gets recycled.  Disturbing.

  • Wayside Stories @WaysideSupport

    We are reading that all plastic is unhealthy for water drinking: buy glass.

  • Wayside Staff @BradHoffman

    Not just bottle: every try a search of photos of what is inside a sea bird’s gut? Shocking. Why cannot all ‘plastic’ be digestible?

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