Why use biomimicry when you can use the actual biological products?
Researchers at Tokyo University are turning food scraps into concrete, with cabbage ranking #1 in tensile strength. Tensile strength indicates how much a material can bend before breaking.
The food cement is stronger than traditional cement, can be made waterproof with food-grade lacquer, and, yes, can be eaten.
Imagine the possibilities:
- Temporary housing for disasters that can be eaten or composted.
- A reduction in the concrete industry’s carbon emissions, which account for 8% of all emissions globally.
- A reduction in the 1 billion tons of lost and wasted food annually.
It really isn’t too late.
And there is so much cause for optimism.
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