Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Mutant enzymes, an unseen film by a French New Wave icon, design-forward campers and more

Mutant Enzyme Breaks Down Plastic in Hours New research published by French scientists in the journal Nature addresses their discovery and manipulation of a mutant bacterial enzyme that can break down PET plastic into raw materials in a matter of hours. After optimization experiments, Carbios (the organization behind the discovery) broke down one metric ton of waste by 90% in 10 hours. Their scientists then used …

Erupt Trail Running Shoes

Born from a partnership with Pittsburgh-based organization First Mile, Puma’s Erupt Trail running sneakers employ yarns made from plastic pollution collected in Taiwan, Honduras and Haiti. This silhouette is the first from this sustainable collection, but it’s also a continuation of a refresh of the Puma brand that commenced a few years back. Referencing design-forward footwear both past and present, this iteration offers high-performing tread …

Eating Sea Urchins Could Restore the Ocean’s Ecosystem

Contrary to reports that conservation is the only way to save our oceans, one company’s hypothesis suggests that eating more sea urchins (urchin roe or uni in Japanese) could actually help restore balance in the aquatic ecosystem. Urchinomics (the aptly named organization testing this theory) found urchins thriving in waters now abandoned by predators due to pollution, heating or overfishing. Increased urchin populations means trouble …