Biodegradable Diapers Made From Jellyfish

Published 08/01 2014 12:51PM

Updated 08/01 2014 12:54PM

Item: Twice as absorbent . . . possible solution to overflowing landfills . . . made of jellyfish. One of these things does not normally come up in conversations about reducing our footprint in relation to disposable baby products. The jellyfish is one of the only forms of life that has thrived, not only in spite of, but also because of, global warming, agricultural runoff and overfishing. Now scientists say the jellyfish can be used to create a multitude of products that are also biodegradable, including diapers. Imagine all the uses there could be from the jellyfish. What is usually considered a highly invasive, over-populous species that governments around the world spend millions to keep out of tourist areas, may now be put to use to move the world closer to sustainability.

Why it Matters: The green movement isn’t just about recycling, sustainability and transparency; there’s also an element of innovation that keeps it moving forward. Inspiration from nature is everywhere, from what we wear to the technology we use. We’ve grown accustomed to incorporating elements of nature into technology and design. Momentum is continuing to build around understanding how natural materials break down, as well as how to mimic and utilize those materials. This marriage between the green movement and green mimicry is pushing boundaries on product design that’s potentially better for our planet.

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