Scoby Slime a Sustainable, Edible Packaging Possibility

As single-use plastic waste continues to pile up, packaging solutions comprised of alternative materials are in high demand. While recycled material offers the opportunity for adaptive reuse, options that are naturally available could provide even more sustainable solutions. Scoby, an edible and natural byproduct of the process of fermenting kombucha, could be a zero-waste option for packaging dry and semi-dry goods. Polish designer Roza Janusz …

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Hawaii Moves to Ban Single-Use Takeout Containers Part of a comprehensive plan to drastically reduce single-use plastic reliance within the state, Hawaii passed a ban on plastic takeout containers—plates, bowls, cups, utensils, straws, foam containers, and more. The plan (formally named Bill 40) will roll out over two years, allowing restaurants and other purveyors the opportunity to convert to more sustainable options. Two exceptions will …

Barry Rosenthal’s Photos of Ocean Plastic

Using Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Field (located on Jamaica Bay) as his source, Barry Rosenthal collects plastic pollution from the water and photographs it—oftentimes in monochrome or artful arrangements—to showcase just how much we waste. Every time he sets out on a new piece, he cleans a stretch of the beach (and encourages others to do the same) and keeps the items found for months or …