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Paper-based battery could power a mobile diagnostic tool

Professor Seokheun Choi at New York’s Binghamton University and his group had been the first scientists to create a paper-based biobattery. When he learned that other researchers were using origami-inspired folding techniques to create stretchable electronics and sensors, he asked himself: “Why not our biobattery?”

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T-shirts printed with coffee ink

When most people spill coffee on their shirts, they see annoying stains. Alex White and John Mohr saw an opportunity. They embarked on a journey on which they not only figured out how to make textile ink from coffee grounds but also started a flourishing business.

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Edible packaging reduces waste

Conventional plastic cups are highly convenient but not eco-friendly at all. They contribute to plastic waste in landfills, as most are not recyclable. Industrial designers Chelsea Briganti and Leigh Ann Tucker believed there had to be a better way to consume cold beverages on the go. They developed edible cups in a variety of flavors as an eco-friendly alternative to disposable plastic cups.

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A paper cup that grows into a tree

About two years ago, Alex Henige was driving home and noticed a pile of trash next to the road. An idea crossed his mind: “What if every piece of garbage was a plant”. So Henige set out to develop a compostable cup with embedded seeds that can be planted in community gardens or designated green spaces so that flowers and plants will grow from it.

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Sustainable labels make a difference

Quite often, brands may think that a label is such a small part of the overall product, and ask themselves how much impact could it have? But it turns out that when you buy many millions of square meters of label products, reducing the material can have a big impact as Avery Dennison's Greenprint assessment for L’Oréal America showed.

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