Although the use of starch in recycled materials is not new, previous attempts to apply it created materials that were weak and susceptible to tears. The new development from the Łódź University of Technology has overcome the problem for the first time in history.
After developing 3D printed, biodegradable eco-mask adapters for the health service, Professor Marek Macko (right) will now turn his corn waste and proprietary blend polymer mix into adaptors for the fire service, before making them commercially available.
Swapp also plans to go beyond the world of retail by putting its refill-o-mats in other buildings such as blocks of flats in a bid to shake up shopping and shrink the mountains of plastic waste the world produces each year.
TFN’s Nick Westerby takes a virtual stroll through Poland’s countryside to find out more about the country’s 35,000 species of animals and 28,000 species of plants and fungi.
MakeGrowLab beat off competition from 170 entrants to take first place in the Polish edition of the competition and will now go on to compete in Canada against 25 others for the World prize and 1 million USD.