A biotech company is making vegan bacon, leather, and a Styrofoam-like packaging out of lab-grown mushrooms

  • Ecovative Design is making eco-friendly products like plant-based meat and imitation leather out of mycelium, the root structures of mushrooms.
  • It also makes packaging material that could replace Styrofoam, which takes up one-third of all landfill space.
  • The company has raised $100 million in capital and is part of a $4 billion meat-alternative market.
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A new machine is helping French chefs recycle old bread into a flour substitute, and it could reduce food waste

  • A new machine called Le Crumbler is helping French chefs recycle old bread into a substitute for flour.
  • The machine was invented in 2015 by an urban planner who wanted to address food waste.
  • France forbids supermarkets from throwing out food, but 150,000 tons of bread are still tossed annually.
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How one company is turning used chopsticks into furniture, shelves, and countertops

  • People around the world use an estimated 80 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks every year.
  • ChopValue is a Canadian company that collects used chopsticks and turns them into a variety of products like furniture and countertops.
  • We visited ChopValue’s “micro-factory” to see how workers pulverize chopsticks and turn them into something new.
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