Hope For The Future: Inventions And Discoveries
By CS Sherin
March 5th, 2018
As I mentioned and made note of many times in Recipe For A Green Life, despite all the devastating crises we face globally–systemically in our society, and environmentally–there are signs of hope to begin investing in as well. Here is an inventory of 5 points of hope for the future. This is your Monday motivation, and then some:
- MUSHROOMS! More and more discoveries bring new understanding about mushrooms and their epic properties and role within this Earth. Allow mushrooms to bring us hope for the future. Mushrooms can fulfill the following roles:
they can become biodegradable packaging,
they are able to biodegrade plastic and create an edible biomass from it,
they are a source of antibiotics,
they are the world-wide web of the forest,
they support, enrich, and regenerate soil;
they are able to regenerate oil spill sites.
- SEAWEED! Seaweed based products are biodegradable and edible. Here are a few examples of new initiatives with seaweed:
Ooho by Skipping Rocks Lab is biodegradable, edible, cheaper than plastic, and is 100% plant-based. Ooho can replace single-use water bottles.
And, Lolistraw by Loliware, which is a Kickstarter that will create “edible, hyper-compostable, marine-degradable” straws. These straws will be made with seaweed.
Evoware’s seaweed-based packaging is 100% biodegradable, has a 2 year shelf life, is nutritious, can be sealed, customized, and printed on.
- PLANT-BASED “LEATHER”! Here are a couple examples of innovation with plant waste and a sustainable replacement for leather and plastic-based pleather:
Piñatex by Ananas Anam, uses pineapple tops to create a sustainably sourced, cruelty-free alternative to leather and pleather.
And, Vegea biomaterial by Vegea company is creating clothing created from grapeskins and seeds. Their website notes that they are also researching ways to create fabrics from other parts of the vine and related waste.
- URINE! Yay, there is plenty of it, just like solar! And, it can contribute to sustainable power too. Here are a couple of examples:
In 2012, four teenage girls from Nigeria, Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin, and Bello Eniola, invented a way to create electricity using urine as fuel. They were able to generate six hours of electricity.
In 2016 at the University of Bath, researchers created fuel cells that generate electricity using urine. It is affordable, renewable, and carbon-neutral.
- POO! Just like urine, this is a resource that can keep on giving! Here are a couple of resources for this fertile, sustainable, and renewable energy source:
In 2009, Josh Harkinson reported in Mother Jones, “The Top 6 Ways to Covert Poop Into Electricity.”
Inhabit.com has a whole page dedicated to links about “Poo Power.“
Do you know of any pending or current inventions/discoveries that are solid hope for the future? Please share! Do you have any new approaches to a sustainable, kind, conscious lifestyle that can be helpful to others?
CS Sherin, Recipe For A Green Life 2018© Please feel free to share this article–in its entirety with author, source credit, and this copyright notice–on social media and for non-commercial educational purposes only.