Problem: Plastics are incredibly bad for the environment, and are pretty much ubiquitous in our everyday lives. The majority of them don’t biodegrade and they often have harmful chemical byproducts (a part of the process of making them).
Tech/Solution: Bioplastics made of shrimp shells could provide an alternative to traditional plastic. They have natural chitin (insect cuticle), which provides the plastic with some of the flexibility and hardness that other bioplastics lack, “matching the strength of aluminum, with half the weight.” This could provide a cheap, eco-friendly alternative to many of the carbon-intensive plastics produced and thrown away each year.
- Future Generations
- Global Citizens who constantly use and discard plastic products
- Industries that utilize plastic
Implementation: Governments could provide tax incentives to large, multinational corporations (Apple, Sony, etc.) to start pilots that utilize these bioplastics in place of ordinary plastics (where possible).