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As companies are beginning to shift to more sustainable products, we look at the materials they’re using.
- This type of leather is lab-grown, using the roots fungi utilize to grow.
- The material is organic enough to be tanned or dyed, making it look like mainstream leather.
- Mycelium leather is a better alternative to plastic leather, which uses less natural resources and emits almost no carbon emissions.
- Hermés and Adidas are already utilizing this leather to produce sustainable bags and shoes.
- A natural binder creates sea stone by grinding wasted seashells from the seafood industry.
- Sea stone is a more sustainable alternative to cement.
- Environmentalists have criticized bioplastics because it requires a lot of land use. Thus algae is a better alternative. Algae absorb carbon, and it is abundant and renewable.
- Algae bioplastic is used in sequin dresses, raincoats, skis, food packaging, and filaments for 3D printing.
- By repurposing food waste, humanity is making a step forward to a circular economy.
- The most helpful waste is seafood seashells that can act as bioplastic packaging. Coffee grounds are also used to create leather.
- Solar panels are now using produce waste to generate clean energy from ultraviolet light.
- Cork is sustainable because it is simply stripped from the cork tree without being deforested.
- Cork is recyclable and compostable as well, generating less waste.
- Cork is used in wine, accessories, and most recently, in furniture.