Biodegradable Algae-Based Flip Flops. “Care For Nature”

Flip flops are the most popular footwear in the world. Disposing them on seashore and oceans cause menace to the environment. Scientists at the University of California San Diego, have spent years working to resolve this problem. Now they have taken a step further towards accomplishing this mission. They have come up with the world’s first flip flops that are consumer-ready. The research is a collaboration between UC San Diego and a startup company called Algenesis Materials.

They created Polyurethane Foams made from algae oil. The polyurethane foam is used to create the midsole and the footbed of the flip flops. The project was co-led by Natasha Gunawan, a graduate student. The labs of professors Michael Burkart and Stephen Mayfield. Marissa Tessman from Algenesis also helped them in the research. These foams contain 52% bio content, and they are also working on a 100% bio content foam.

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They tested these foams by plunging them in compost and soil. The team discovered that the materials degraded after just 112 days. The full recyclability of commercial products is the next step the scientists are willing to accomplish. You can purchase these world-saving novel Flip Flops for just $3.

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