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Sustainability

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Natural winner

Documenting fish stocks makes commercial fishing more sustainable. But certain organisms such as fast-growing algae create havoc for aquatic ecosystems. They deprive fish of...

Combined impact

A breakfast omelette made from sweet lupins? That’s possible. Now, a German research team is upping the ante with a sustainable palm oil substitute,...

Full control

Plants can be automatically cultivated in the desert. Robot boats are freeing oceans of plastic waste. And a North American startup is developing a...

Clean addition

Gin leftovers and sawdust can be used to make furniture. Should it, or other flammable liquids or gases catch fire, a new patented, certified...

Clear intentions

Plastic for building blocks, coffee grounds for football strips, and chopsticks for furniture. Now a New Orleans startup is recycling glass and converting it...

Profitable reduction

Banana leaves protect potatoes and sponges made from pollen absorb oil. Now, an Indian startup founded by siblings is making compostable packaging from farm...

Moving generation

Seawater provides for nomads and makes lamps shine bright. Miniature wind turbines in the ocean are equally productive. A Swedish company is using waves...

Done and dusted

Gin and whisky are saving trees from being felled. Apple leftovers or kombucha are also playing their part. In the USA alone, wood processing...

Revitalising treatment

Implanted visual cells help the retina regenerate. Now, a Brazilian marine biologist is working on regenerating entire coral landscapes. Her secret? Probiotics. As well...

Blooming business

Flags embedded with seeds are creating new crops in India. Now, a startup from Kanpur is recycling plastic-wrapped flower waste that would otherwise end...

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