Why Algae Could be the Plastic of the Future

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Why Algae Could be the Plastic of the Future. Go to http://brilliant.org/Undecided to sign up for free. And also, the first 200 people will get 20% off their annual premium membership. As revolutionary as plastics were for changing the course of manufacturing forever, 91% of plastics aren’t recycled. There has to be a better solution. In a previous video I covered how mycelium fungus may be a viable plastic replacement, but there’s another solution starting to bloom … Algae. And it’s showing up in a place you might not expect … your feet. What if I told you we could wear plastic-free flip flops made from algae?

Watch Is Mycelium Fungus the Plastic of the Future? https://youtu.be/cApVVuuqLFY?list=PLnTSM-ORSgi4dFnLD9622FK77atWtQVv7

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ScottStories Dot Org

It doesn’t have a thyroid. So, should be good for Mars. They should grow it there.

3 weeks ago | thumb_up 5 thumb_down 0


Sorry, couldn’t resist the dislike button, I like the video but the dislike looks like Algae and I thought it fits more:)

3 weeks ago | thumb_up 3 thumb_down 0

Knowing that enough is enough, you'll always have enough.

Thank you Undecided / Matt Ferrell! ❤️ Love your videos!!

3 weeks ago | thumb_up 2 thumb_down 0


Oh, come on.

Science does NOT have a political view! (though it seems some political views obscure science from brains, left and right) There was no good science supporting ethanol as a fuel source, it was a political pipe dream. Science supports green energy extremely solidly. Who could be responsible for plastic washing up on shores? Obviously the people who create and use plastic! Sheesh!

3 weeks ago | thumb_up 2 thumb_down 1


Sorry, I was unclear. Science solidly supports the need to convert our energy infrastructure from destructive means to ecologically friendly (ie not destructive or less destructive) means. It does not necessarily support (and often contradicts) current ideas/implementations that are labeled “green”. Also… Toxic garbage is never green!
IF the flipflops break down into biofriendly constituents they will be the least of our worries.

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1/100th of a tank of CO2.

3 weeks ago | thumb_up 1 thumb_down 0


Ah, here it is… 1 balloon = 1000 bubbles or 1 kilobubble.

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It’s an interesting concept to be sure, but if necessity is mother of all innovation, and until our wasteful system feels the need to change, I see no reason why it would. It reminds me of the many innovations that occurred during the Second World War and afterward in the CCCP which were a result of material shortages and interruptions to the supply of resources needed for industrial production. Examples include the Trabant car built by VEB Sachsenring Automobilwerke Zwickau with a body made of Duroplast which was made of recycled material, including cotton waste and phenol resins. It was light and strong but took longer to produce in a press than steel, and initially there were limited option’s for recycling. Obviously there is no way any car manufacturer today is going to use such a material, so like with the algae sandal’s the initiative to improve the project will not happen without more funding and R&D which large companies have an interest in actively avoiding doing. That is not say all this fetishizing of ‘green energy’ in modern industries is free of murky scams either, I’m sure some are indeed just that, but there are good ideas out there not being explored enough.

3 weeks ago | thumb_up 0 thumb_down 0

Ya'll ready to ditch YouTube entirely?

great stuff

3 weeks ago | thumb_up 0 thumb_down 0

The Cost of XD

I just barfed in my coffee. it looks like green diarrhea.

3 weeks ago | thumb_up 0 thumb_down 4


Ummm, how much is a balloon of CO2?

3 weeks ago | thumb_up 0 thumb_down 0

Undecided with Matt Ferrell

Appreciate it.

3 weeks ago | thumb_up 0 thumb_down 0


The content is interesting but the presentation is terrible. Not every sentence needs to be a witty quip.

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