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German scientists have developed what could be a solution to the chemical laden, non-biodegradable and possibly carcinogenic toxin known as….. plastic. Norbert Eisenreich from the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology in Pfinztal, Germany and his cronies have invented a substance known as Arboform, or to us right brained folks – liquid wood. Without getting knee deep in chemistry, the substance is a mixture of paper waste (real wood – lignin) and other natural goodies to create a granulate material that can be melted and molded.

“The final product can resemble highly polished wood or have a more matted finish and look like the plastic used in most household items.”

Aside from having less harmful chemicals, it is also quite biodegradeable and recyclable.

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“We are one step closer from actually being able to send our kids to school with legos to play with and legos for lunch.”

by Gerard Blanton Brand Futurist The Republik Corporal Creative Ops

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Plastic’s producer Nalgene says they will phase out their line of water bottles made with a chemical thought in recent years to pose a health risk to humans. The chemical (known as bisphenol A [BPA]) has long been used by companies worldwide in millions of products including baby bottles, liners of food cans and household goods.

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“Nalgene’s decision to move away from BPA is great. Not only does it show that the company cares about the health of its consumers, but it sets a good example for others that may also be using potentially dangerous chemicals in their products. The decision may urge others in the industry to consider using alternative products as well.”

by Melissa Rivera Brand Futurist The Republik Lieutenant Strategic Ops

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