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Bamboo houses and hemp clothes: alternative materials
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A key strategy for reducing the consumption of scarce natural resources is the adoption of green materials. Scientists and researchers are developing an increasing number of materials with a minimal environmental impact or beneficial for the environment.

In this video, a physicist and researcher working with Smart Materials presents two interesting examples. The first one is a special sponge that specifically absorbs oil and has the potential to save our oceans in case of ecological disasters. The second one is a novel plastic material from vegetable wastes that can replace synthetic polymers and that unlike the synthetic polymers is biodegradable and can therefore solve the problem of waste management.

Green materials for a greener world: Athanassia Athanassiou at TEDxRoma YouTube: Green materials for a greener world: Athanassia Athanassiou at TEDxRoma

Talking point

I think that green materials …

  • Can be already profitable and competitive?
  • Will be massively used in future, with more evolved solutions?
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