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Published: 09 November 2019

By Andy Ross

Saving the planet the algal way

Nowadays we are all conscious of the depletion of our planet's resources and with it the decline of the natural world. So how about a raincoat made out of algae?

Charlotte McCurdy has used algae to create a bioplastic which is durable and carbon-negative. A raincoat made from this plastic has been handmade and is on show. You can see what it looks like and read about the idea behind the garment on Dezeen.  

Although a prototype at present with no schedule for production yet, this project shows how it is possible to use abundant natural resources to create plastics which are renewable and biodegradable. I wonder how long it will be until we have plastic entirely made from such sources?