Packaging Hurting the Oceans? Try Algae
You can’t get much greener. As plastic chokes the world’s oceans, taking centuries to biodegrade, a Japanese design team has just won the Lexus Design Award for new tech that could make packaging as friendly as algae. That’s because they opted for algae-based agar, a jelly-like substance long used to thicken Asian desserts, to make cushioning materials to replace eco-unfriendly bubble wrap. The three designers collected $23,000 in prize money and are now looking for a partner who can help package their invention for the market.