The upside of high oil prices: sustainable substitutes for plastic

Nobody likes to pay high gas prices. Bringing them down has even become a political campaign issue. The fact of the matter is that Americans pay less for gas than Canadians or Europeans. It’s also important to remember that crude … Continue reading

Sewage, geothermal energy, and the yuck factor

I have already written about extracting energy from sewage using microbial fuel cells. While this technology is not yet ready for use, potentially it could harness biological energy that naturally occurs anyway to produce as much continuous electrical output as … Continue reading

Mushrooms: an eco-friendly alternative to Styrofoamâ„¢

[ad name=”Google Adsense 728×90″] You buy a microwave or other large appliance and take it out of the box. Chances are, it is protected by bulky blocks of molded polystyrene (best known by the trade name Styrofoamâ„¢). Lightweight and sturdy, … Continue reading

QMilch: an organic synthetic fabric from milk

For millennia, humans have made fabric from plant fibers or animal hair. Then, in the last century, we learned how to make synthetic fabric from petroleum. The first, nylon, appeared in 1939. Polyester followed in 1953. They are cheaper than … Continue reading