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Gin leftovers and sawdust can be used to make furniture.

Should it, or other flammable liquids or gases catch fire, a new patented, certified and sustainable solution from a Canadian startup is on hand to douse the flames.

Instead of foams made from polymer or PFAS containing respiratory irritants or cancerous substances (tip: the film Dark Waters) the fire brigade can now call on a 100% bio-based water additive.

It’s made from ingredients like cornstarch and rapeseed oil.

When introduced to water streams at concentrations of 1% to 6% it produces a hydrogel, and leaves behind no harmful residues.

Sprayable fire retardant can be made from seaweed, while plant-based surfactants suppressing peat- and forest fires may soon be at hand.

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