Lactips: French startup create milk protein-based plastic substitute for use in packaging

French startup Lactips has developed a plastic substitute in the form of pellets made from cow’s milk protein which can be used to make 100% natural packaging for detergents, and cleaning products. The water-soluble thermoplastic pellets made from milk protein, casein, are fully biodegradable. The Saint-Étienne-based startup developed the pellets as a cleaner alternative to oil-based products. Lactips aims to set up a new recycling … Continue reading Lactips: French startup create milk protein-based plastic substitute for use in packaging

Air New Zealand trials edible biscuit-style coffee cups on select flights

Air New Zealand is trialling edible coffee cups, which are vanilla-flavoured and can withstand the heat of coffee without melting, in a bid to reduce the amount of waste on board its planes.  New Zealand’s national carrier have teamed up with local family-run business, Twiice, to offer passengers edible plant-based cups in its lounges in Auckland and on some select trans-Tasman flights. Although the airline … Continue reading Air New Zealand trials edible biscuit-style coffee cups on select flights

Reducing Packaging Waste: 4 Ways your Business can Make a Difference — ecogreenlove

Packaging waste continues to be a major concern here in the U.S. and across the world. With so many products moving through the supply chain, the packages used to deliver these products can have a sizeable effect on the environment. Throwing packages away instead of recycling them and generating product packaging from scratch will only make matters worse, boosting carbon emissions and polluting the planet … Continue reading Reducing Packaging Waste: 4 Ways your Business can Make a Difference — ecogreenlove

Apeel: Natural plant-derived coatings that extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables and end reliance on plastic packaging

Food technology start-up Apeel Sciences has developed plant-derived coatings that fresh food growers, suppliers, and retailers can use to keep produce fresh, heralding in a natural solution to packaging and an end to single-use plastics. Made of plant-derived materials such as lipids and glycerolipids that exist already in the peels, seeds, and pulp of fruits and vegetables, Apeel adds a layer of plant-derived protection to … Continue reading Apeel: Natural plant-derived coatings that extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables and end reliance on plastic packaging

CocoPallet: Shipping pallets made from recycled coconut husk waste help to save an estimated 200 million trees

Dutch start-up called CocoPallet is helping to save an estimated 200 million trees from being chopped down every year for use in shipping pallets, with their recycled coconut husk waste transportation pallets. To manufacture its pallets, the Dutch start-up took inspiration from a method developed by researchers at the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands which is based on indigenous knowledge of native Indonesians. The … Continue reading CocoPallet: Shipping pallets made from recycled coconut husk waste help to save an estimated 200 million trees

Bio-Peel: Design student develops orange peel-based food packaging

Innovators from around the world are finding numerous sustainable solutions to packaging issues that utilise what Mother Nature already provides. Working specfically with one of Mother Nature’s fruits, a design student has created a new material, Bio-Peel, which blends waste orange peels with a mixture of other biodegradable products to create a new packaging material that’s strong, malleable and environmentally friendly. Bio-Peel, a new material unveiled … Continue reading Bio-Peel: Design student develops orange peel-based food packaging