In the 1930s, metallic paints were invented for cars. They were made with fish scales and it would take 40,000 herring to make a single kilo of paint.
Nebraska community college student Katy Ayers grew a canoe out of mushroom roots (mycelium) to prove fungi is a bio-friendly building material. It floats with two passengers, but when it gets wet it fruits (sprouts mushrooms). Katy plans to get a Ph.D. in mycology then help save the planet.
Hairdressers in Mauritius are offering free haircuts to residents, as their excess hair can be used as an ultra-absorbent material to clean up the oil spill on their shores.
It takes 15 gallons of water to produce just 16 almonds and they rely on pesticides to grow successfully; the popularity of Almond Milk is causing environmental and sustainability problems in California where 80% of the world’s almonds are grown.
As it becomes more difficult to find nectar in the environment, honeybees resort to stealing honey from nearby hives. Scientists found that the amount of guarding and fighting at hive entrances is an indicator of foraging difficulty in the environment, highest in late season.
The collapse of the Soviet Union directly correlated with the resurgence of Cuba’s amazing coral reef. Without Russian supplied synthetic fertilizers and ag practices, Cubans were forced to depend on organic farming. This led to less chemical runoff in the oceans.
Plastic and petroleum were originally environmental saviors, because they eliminated the need to kill whales, elephants, turtles, and many other creatures for their materials.
The world’s purest fresh water has been found on the southern tip of Chile, in a town called Puerto Williams, after numerous scientific studies. The water has been found to have only two chemical parts per million, hence making it the world’s cleanest.
You have to use an organic cotton bag 20,000 times before it becomes more environmentally friendly than a typical plastic bag.