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Turning organic waste into a compostable and marine degradable bioplastic

Full Cycle Bioplastics is turning organic waste into a compostable and marine degradable bioplastic which is suitable for a wide variety of traditional plastic uses.

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Biodegradable plastic voted 2017 best idea at Ashurst End of Year Boardroom Lunch

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Five ideas from IdeaSpies were presented by M&A lawyers in Mark Stanbridge’s team at the Ashurst December 2017 End of Year Boardroom Lunch. They were all winners at previous lunches during the year. The winning idea receiving the most votes from directors was C10H14N205+Co2 presented by Lee-Anne Yeo- biodegradeable plastic made from sugar and carbon dioxide. www.ideaspies.com/biodegradeable-plastic-voted-top-idea-at-ashurst-boardroom-lunch/

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Floating buildings made of plastic bottles that withstand storms

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Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world when it comes to flooding, storms, and impact from sea level rise. An Amsterdam-based architecture firm called Waterstudio has come up with one possible solution: floating structures that can withstand storms made from thousands of discarded plastic bottles. http://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/11/these-floating-buildings-are-made-from-thousands-of-plastic-bottles

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Biodegradable plastic

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Scientists from the Centre of Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) at the University of Bath have successfully created a plastic that doesn’t use harmful chemicals, and is biodegradable. It’s made from nothing more than sugar and carbon dioxide. http://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/10/scientists-have-made-biodegradable-plastic-from-sugar-and-carbon-dioxide

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Single use plastic containers and cutlery to be phased out

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The Hobart City Council in Tasmania has agreed to draft legislation that would phase out single-use plastic containers and cutlery by 2020. Instead of using plastic containers for home delivery and takeout, restaurants in the city of 220,000 would have to use ones made from cardboard, cornstarch or bamboo that could be composted. The move follows Tasmania’s ban on thin plastic bags in 2013. (Thicker retail bags are still allowed.) https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/08/09/world/australia/plastic-tasmania-hobart.html?

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Light from a plastic bottle

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Liter of Light, a project of the Philippines-based nonprofit MyShelter Foundation, provides light to poor households around the world with limited or no access to electricity ― by collecting plastic bottles, filling them with water and bleach, and sticking them into roofs. The bleach-filled bottles then refract the light from outdoors into the house, lighting up much like a lightbulb. To make the bottles work at night a small LED lightbulb is slipped into the bottle, which in turn is hooked up to a mini-solar panel. http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/plastic-bottles-electricity_us_596e64f4e4b0000eb1968bb5

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Solving the plastic waste problem with plastic roads

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Scottish startup MacRebur has one simple, clever invention to solve three world challenges: using millions of tons of waste plastic that sit in our landfill sites; reducing the millions spent on new roads, maintenance, and pothole repair; making our roads stronger and longer lasting. They launched in January 2016 and their new product has already been laid on roads in Cumbria and Dumfriesshire in the UK, as well as on a runway at Carlisle Airport. www.macrebur.com

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