GROW A PAIR
Plastic is a great material for recycling purposes. However, we haven’t been doing so great in terms of reusing our plastic bottles, wrappers, packaging, etc. Most of it ends up on a landfill or in the ocean, which is in nobody’s best interest. Luckily there are plenty of pioneers and creative mavens, that have took it upon theirselves to find a solution for the impact of plastic. Albeit in experimenting with new materials, or innovative ways of getting rid of our plastic surplus.
Korvaa headphones are made entirely out of fungus and yeast, replacing harmful materials with ones that could potentially be home grown. The company used synthetic biology to literally grow their product, which is a technique where natural processes are used to create certain shapes and forms out of aforementioned materials. Most of the headphone pieces are grown this way. The bigger ones, however, need some help from a 3D printer to grow. It turns out fungi are extremely multi-functional, because as it turns out, they can also help to turn your trash into food.
LIVIN studio used this shroom power to destroy plastic instead of creating it. Some particular fungi are known for being able to eat plastic, breaking down the non-edible plastic parts in the process. Their Fungi Mutuarium allows for you to facilitatie this process at home! The entire process is rather complicated, but basically you add a certain liquid to your plastic in the provided “table”, after which the plastic will dissolve and mushrooms will grow. Can you Imagine a future where you turn your trash into food?
Both innovations cater to a consumer that is ready to contribute to a better an brighter tomorrow. These products are both still prototypes, but they do show a glimpse into the future of plastic. Both in terms of greener alternatives, as well as ways to reduce (or completely remove) plastic trash. And it’s not just that, as both pieces are great conversation starters that allow for telling status stories. Imagine having a design like table in your home that transforms plastic into mushrooms while you’re having dinner.
This month we talked about all sorts of innovations that drive positive change, to either yourself and your mind or the world around you. Check our LinkedIn this Monday to read the closing article about Holistically Happy and find out its implications for your business.