Edinburgh inventor creates biodegradable water bottle to fight plastic problem
Using natural materials from plants and trees, this clever dude has created a biodegradable water bottle that will self-erase in sea water after three months. While plastics have obviously had tremendous impact in pushing forward economies, research, and medicine, it’s now time to fold sustainability into that production. This sounds great, and it’s especially exciting for plant nerds like me.
Cellulose and lignin are the most common materials on the planet, and sporopollenin (the material that codes pollen grains in flowering plants) is the strongest bio-polymer known to man. Plant fix carbon dioxide, produce sugars, and now produce the raw materials for industrial use, as seen with the above water bottle example. All in all, turning perceived ‘waste’ outputs into valuable inputs for alternative uses is one way to push civilization forward. And as someone fascinated by controlled production of plant and algal material in efficient, sustainable ways, it’s great to see that I’ll be busy in the coming century.