Imperial College Unveils Degradable Plastic

There are probably a few dozen plastic-like replacements on the market you may have heard of. Now we can add Imperial College’s degradable sugar polymer based-on lignocellulosic biomass.

This guilt-free plastic, unlike other solutions on the market is not based upon corn or sugar beet but on the sugars produced from the breakdown of lignocellulosic biomass, or in other words cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin found in wood byproducts, grasses, and some types of agricultural waste.

This means plastic produced via this method probably won’t affect the price and supply of food-based agriculture products – a significant issue that needs to be addressed before biodegradable plastic can be widely distributed.

Of course, it would be better if every one could forego all forms of disposable-ware. No amount of biodegradable items can compete with zero-waste production.

KK Reef Watch AGM this Sunday

To all environmentally inclined residents and non-residents in Sabah. Kota Kinabalu Reef Watch will be holding their annual general meeting this Sunday. You are invited to come by if you wish to find out about the activities that have been carried out, and what’s in store for the year.

Date

21 February 2010 (Sunday)

Time

10:00am – 12:00 pm

Venue

Bilik Seminar Borneo Marine Research Institute, Universiti Malaysia Sabah.

AGENDA

1. Opening remarks by President
2. Presentation of Annual Report by President
3. Adoption of Annual Report
4. Presentation of Accounts by Treasurer
5. Adoption of Accounts
6. Election of Committee Members
7. Outlook for 2010
8. Any Other Business
9. President Closing Remarks

Adjournment.

Stay back after the meeting for a video presentation and refreshments.

World’s Top 3000 Firms cause US$2.2 Trillion in Environmental Damage

Capitalism is great. Apparently, one of the central tenets of the market economy: “there is no free lunch”, does not apply if you happen to be one of the top 3000 publicly-listed companies.

While you and me may get ourselves hauled to court for spitting chewing gum on the sidewalk in Singapore, 3000 of the world’s top companies that have caused a sum of US$2.2 trillion in environmental damage are not obligated to pay anything. The complete report which is due this northern hemisphere summer is being compiled by the London-based consultancy Trucost.

Among the most costly damages stated within the report are emissions of greenhouse gases (making up more than half of the total damage), air pollution, and damage to fresh water resources.

On average, the total damage would be 1/3 of the total profit generated. But nature be damned, money is more important.

Printer: Without Ink, Toner or Paper

As the awkward language suggests, this may be a Google Translation of the original Japanese site. Or I could be completely wrong and they just had a lousy translator.

Anyway, this is the PrePeat RP-3100, a printer by the Japanese company Sanwa Newtech Co. Ltd. Sanwa claims this printer is able to print up to 1000 times on special reusable sheets. That’s right, why toss out that 50-page thesis draft when you can erase everything on it and reprint again, thus saving a few more trees plus handing in a waterproof draft every single time.

CrunchGear has a write-up and a video of the printer in action with links for purchase, while the official site has a cost breakdown of the PrePeat versus generic printers.

Audi 2010 Super Bowl Commercial

The Super Bowl commercials are known in the USA as the premier spot for creative marketing. That’s why you will find weird stuff like this. While I do not believe such extreme measures to be conducive, there is some truth that perhaps the world would be a better place if punitive laws that are already in place are enforced without prejudice.

Attention Malaysian Students: Bayer Young Environmental Envoy

News for student environmentalists in Malaysia. The Bayer Young Environmental Envoy is back. This is a good chance for all budding environmentalists to take a good long honest look at your achievements, then decide it’s enough to possibly earn you one of two spots to Germany to learn about environmental protection as practised by people, the government, and the industry.

Details on their site here. Or click through this post for the details.

Details after the jump!