Pass It On plantable candles helping consumers to contribute to reforestation efforts in Bali

Singapore-based startup Pass It On is hoping to contribute 250,000 trees to restoration projects in West Bali by the end of this year through sales of its plantable candles and helping reforestation efforts in Bali at the same time. Pass It On candles – which are made from100% soy wax and free of any dyes, parabens, paraffin or phthalates – pay tribute to iconic travel destinations … Continue reading Pass It On plantable candles helping consumers to contribute to reforestation efforts in Bali

Designer Maurizio Montalti develops mycelium-based material and products as a solution to plastic problem

Amsterdam-based designer Maurizio Montalti – who has created pieces of furniture from a fungus-based material – is proving that mycelium can be used to replace plastic and other materials that are tough to recycle. By combining mycelium, the “root structure of fungus”, with agricultural waste such as wheat, rapeseed and flax, Maurizio Montalti has created a new material, which he has used in the design … Continue reading Designer Maurizio Montalti develops mycelium-based material and products as a solution to plastic problem

Desserto: Mexican innovators create cactus leather as a sustainable alternative to leather

Mexico is home to the nopal cactus and now two innovators from the country have created a unique and sustainable material made of cactus, as an  alternative to leather. Adrián López Velarde and Marte Cázarez’s brand Desserto have created the first cactus-based leather on the market, made from nopal cactus leaves. The cactus leather is organic, partially biodegradable, soft, durable, and can be used to … Continue reading Desserto: Mexican innovators create cactus leather as a sustainable alternative to leather

Stroodles: The environmentally-friendly pasta straw

Simple and ingenious ideas are coming out of people’s desire to protect the planet, and the latest innovation in straws comes in the form of the Stroodles, made entirely from pasta. The pasta straw, which is made from durum wheat and water, is the latest sustainable straw solution to hit the market, as a solution to both single-used plastics and paper straws which can get … Continue reading Stroodles: The environmentally-friendly pasta straw

Acorn Vase: Witness the growing process of an acorn into an oak tree from your home then replant outdoors

Autumn is the time to collect acorns and if you are wanting to witness the early stages in the growth cycle of an acorn tree, the Acorn Vase will enable you to do just that with one of the acorns you’ve collected. The beautifully designed Acorn Vase, made from borosilicate glass, is shaped like a dome with a small funnel opening at the top where … Continue reading Acorn Vase: Witness the growing process of an acorn into an oak tree from your home then replant outdoors

Granbyware: Ceramic Dinnerware made from ceramic, glass and stone waste

Granby Workshop have taken crushed glass, old tiles, factory sludge and other waste destined for landfill and turned it into 100% recycled ceramic tableware. The ceramics manufacturer, based in Liverpool, tested numerous materials from waste streams before coming up with the winning formula for Granbyware. Granby Workshop said: “We set out to develop our recipe entirely from waste and nothing else – not a single gram … Continue reading Granbyware: Ceramic Dinnerware made from ceramic, glass and stone waste

Sustainable alternative to plastic made from fish waste wins James Dyson UK award

A home compostable material, comprised of waste material from the fishing industry and sustainable algae, has won the James Dyson UK award for its design as a sustainable alternative to single-use plastic films. The material, known as MarinaTex, is the invention of Lucy Hughes, 23, a recent graduate in product design from the University of Sussex. MarinaTex is made from waste fish and can be … Continue reading Sustainable alternative to plastic made from fish waste wins James Dyson UK award