Tag: United Kingdom

Cardboard tents could address music festival waste

Cardboard tents could address music festival waste

June 27, 2022 |

In the United Kingdom, teen inventor Lily-Mai Spinks has won an award for coming up with a simple solution to music festival waste: biodegradable cardboard tents.  Spinks, 17, tells BBC she got the idea for the tent—dubbed Isopod—after seeing how many non-biodegradable shelters are just left behind after large-scale music festivals like Glastonbury and Coachella.  […]

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“Horniculture” Society promotes safe senior sex with biodegradable, veggie-themed condoms

“Horniculture” Society promotes safe senior sex with biodegradable, veggie-themed condoms

May 9, 2022 |

In the United Kingdom, a cheeky public relations campaign is promoting safe sex among the over 65s by launching veggie-themed condoms in garden centers.  The brainchild of ad firm Ogilvy and Relate, a relationship support charity, the condoms are made from natural rubber and biodegrade. The packaging is designed to look like seed packets, featuring […]

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Sound investment: Music collective introduces bioplastic LP record

Sound investment: Music collective introduces bioplastic LP record

April 25, 2022 |

In the United Kingdom, a music industry sustainability collective has unveiled the world’s first bioplastic record as an eco-friendly alternative to standard vinyl LPs.  The launch by Evolution Music was part of Music Declares Emergency’s Turn Up the Volume week, an event meant to coincide with Earth Day and serve as a “call for unity […]

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Good shucking idea: New burial option restores oyster habitats

Good shucking idea: New burial option restores oyster habitats

April 11, 2022 |

In the United Kingdom, two art school graduates have developed a burial concept in which cremains are 3-D printed and made into artificial reefs.  Dubbed Resting Reef, the startup is still in the prototype stage using animal remains, but inventors Louise Lenborg Skajem and Aura Elena Murillo Pérez hope to offer the unconventional burial option […]

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I don’t see London or France, thanks to biodegradable underpants

I don’t see London or France, thanks to biodegradable underpants

October 18, 2021 |

In the United Kingdom, Stripe & Stare, a brand focused on pajamas and knickers, has launched a 100% compostable line of underwear.  Dubbed the B Edit, the unmentionables use wood-based Tencel fiber produced by Austria’s Lenzing and elastane sourced from Japan’s Roica.  The underthings are certified compostable by Oeko-Tex and Cradle to Cradle and break […]

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Coldplay announces “sustainable tour” with bamboo stage, electricity-generating floor

Coldplay announces “sustainable tour” with bamboo stage, electricity-generating floor

October 18, 2021 |

In the United Kingdom, popular rock act Coldplay has announced its upcoming tour will emit half the carbon dioxide emissions as its last outing, thanks to measures that include a bamboo stage, biodegradable glitter and renewable energy.  “The planet is facing a climate crisis,” Coldplay says in a statement. “So we’ve spent the last two […]

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Scottish group wants to turn fish guts into fashion

Scottish group wants to turn fish guts into fashion

October 18, 2021 |

In the United Kingdom, research is underway to convert seafood waste into adipic acid, a precursor material for nylon.  The consortium includes  researchers from the University of Edinburgh, Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre, seafood producer Farne Salmon, and Impact Solutions, an independent plastics laboratory in Scotland. The group has genetically modified bacteria to convert the fatty […]

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Former boy bander Zayn Malik partners on biobased sunglass line

Former boy bander Zayn Malik partners on biobased sunglass line

October 11, 2021 |

In the United Kingdom, X-Factor and One Direction alum Zayn Malik has released a sunglass collection with Arnette that features biobased acetate frames.  Dubbed Zayn x Arnette, the collection consists of five “edgy, yet easy to wear styles” with an emphasis on 90s nostalgia.   “I’m very interested in design and the creative elements of […]

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Mushroom leather hits the catwalk

Mushroom leather hits the catwalk

October 11, 2021 |

In France, Stella McCartney has featured a bag made out of mushroom leather at the recent Paris Fashion Week. The material, trade named Mylo, was produced by Bolt Threads using mushroom root. Stella McCartney, a UK-based design house that has been a leader in sustainable fashion innovation, has previously displayed tops and pants made from Mylo, […]

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Coffee cookie cups are now available for sustainability-minded soccer fans

Coffee cookie cups are now available for sustainability-minded soccer fans

August 23, 2021 |

In the United Kingdom, fans at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium can cut down on waste while simultaneously addressing their caffeine and sugar cravings.  The stadium, which is host to Premier League’s Manchester United, will begin selling coffee and other hot beverages in cups made out of cookies, beginning this weekend. The cups are made by […]

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