- Mexican company converts avocado pits into completely biodegradable plastic
- Costa Rica has just run on 100 percent renewable energy for 300 days
- Tesla Model Y is being is prepped for production
- This sustainable apartment complex of the future has farms, community space, and bike parking galore
- Researchers Develop a Technique to Turn Nearly a Quarter of Our Plastic Waste into Fuel
1) Mexican company converts avocado pits into completely biodegradable plastic
When you think of Mexico, you think of tequila and guacamole, says Scott Munguia. If he has his way, you might also be thinking of something else made from the avocado: plastic made from the seed. As plastic straws and disposable cutlery fall out of favor for their potential to inflict environmental damage, a company with an alternative that uses avocado pits is getting more attention. Morelia, Michoacán-based Biofase is manufacturing biodegradable cutlery and straws made out avocado seeds using a process whose beginnings date back to 2012.
2) Costa Rica has just run on 100 percent renewable energy for 300 days
For a small, developing country, Costa Rica is really putting the world’s powerhouses to shame with its commitment to clean energy.
According to a recent report from the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity, the nation has just bested its 2015 achievement and has run for 300 days solely on renewable energy sources. And with just six weeks of 2017 left to go, it looks like that number is only going to increase.
3) Tesla Model Y is being is prepped for production
Elon Musk has confirmed that Tesla has ordered the tooling for the new Model Y, and that production of the firm’s fourth model is set to commence shortly. The new all-electric SUV will be built in the firm’s Gigafactory in Nevada, alongside Tesla’s battery packs and electric motors. Musk plans for the batteries and powertrains to roll off one production line, straight onto another, joining the Model Y for assembly. This would eliminate the clumsy transportation network for Tesla batteries and motors between Nevada and California, a process that currently plagues the assembly lines for the Model S , Model X and Model 3 .
4) This sustainable apartment complex of the future has farms, community space, and bike parking galore
In a new apartment complex that will soon rise in the Dutch city of Utrecht, instead of deliveries from an online grocer, you can get boxes of vegetables grown in an intensive greenhouse on the roof or from a smaller unit built into the facade on your own floor. In a courtyard downstairs, you can forage for raspberries in an urban forest. In the parking garage–which is designed to house many more bikes than cars–there’s space for aquaculture. The new development, called the Mark , with more than 1,000 units in three towers, rethinks the sustainability of typical high-rise buildings.
5) Researchers Develop a Technique to Turn Nearly a Quarter of Our Plastic Waste into Fuel
A team of chemists at Purdue may have found a partial solution to our plastic woes. As detailed in a paper published this week in Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, the chemists discovered a way to convert polypropylene—a type of plastic commonly used in toys, medical devices, and product packaging like potato chip bags—into gasoline and diesel-like fuel. The researchers said that this fuel is pure enough to be used as blendstock, a main component of fuel used in motorized vehicles.