Scientists are making flip-flops out of algae that are 100% biodegradable – and it could reduce plastic pollution

  • Researchers at UC San Diego have figured out how to turn algae and plants into 100% biodegradable flip-flops.
  • The sandals aren’t yet available in stores, but the researchers founded a startup to try to make that happen.
  • Investors have poured billions of dollars into algae research, and it could signal the future of eco-conscious clothing.
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A Mexican company is turning leftover avocado pits into biodegradable silverware

  • Last year, Americans consumed over 6 billion avocados, leaving behind tons of inedible pits that turn into food waste. 
  • The Mexican company Biofase converts around 130 tons of avocado seeds a month into forks, knives, spoons, and straws.
  • The company claims its bioplastic food products have a lower carbon footprint than any other comparable material – even paper.
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