Category Archives: Environmental

Plastic from Air

There is a new use for carbon emissions that go into our atmosphere – turning it into plastic. Newlight Technologies breaks apart the carbon and oxygen and rearranges it into what they call Air Carbon, which is literally plastic made from the emissions.

Their website states, “AirCarbon is made by combining air with methane-based carbon emissions–carbon that would otherwise become part of the air we breathe–to produce a material that is approximately 40% oxygen from air and 60% carbon and hydrogen from captured methane emissions by weight.  By replacing oil with AirCarbon™, we transform the products we use everyday into materials that sequester more greenhouse gas than they emit and actually improve the world–displacing oil, reducing cost, and reducing the amount of carbon in the air.”

Visit their homepage: http://newlight.com/

Edible 6 Pack Rings

Plastic 6 pack rings have been an environmental nuisance for decades because they don’t decompose and have harmed countless animals. There have been very few solutions proposed to overcome this problem such as plastic can top huggers (won’t hurt animals but still won’t decompose) and the cardboard 6 pack boxes.

Recently, the Saltwater Brewery in Florida has created a new 6 pack ring that is edible and biodegradable and it is made of the byproducts of the brewing process such as wheat and barley.

Photo: Saltwater Brewery

The prototypes have been created using a 3D printer and the cost is more than the plastic rings. If the idea catches on and more beer companies want to adopt this method, then the price could come down to the same cost as plastic.

Cheers!