Trash Into Technology: 5 Innovative Inventions That Are Saving the Planet

Biodegradable Bags

Plastic bags seem to be one of the biggest threats when it comes to garbage on the planet. These bags are so convenient to use but difficult to recycle. However, they’re not so costly that people care to make sure they remember them or chase them across a windy parking lot. So, to combat the plastic bag threat, many companies are now working to create biodegradable bags. The most popular type is made from natural starches and cassava roots. These work just like plastic bags, but they’re not harmful to the environment.

Epson PaperLab

Paper is another big problem that is causing a shortage of trees on the planet. Since there was never a real good way to recycle this paper, even recycled paper often ends up wasting away in a dump. However, Epson has created the PaperLab which is available for purchase. This nine-foot by four-foot machine allows you to throw in your recyclable paper and have a new paper constructed right on the spot. This invention is finding its home in large corporate offices.

The Ocean Cleanup

It’s no surprise to anyone that the ocean is full of plastic. This plastic is harming marine life and making it difficult for some species to survive. To assist in eliminating the amount of plastic trash in the ocean, the Ocean Cleanup was invented. This is a 62-mile long underwater V-shaped barrier. The plastic that is trapped can be reused for various things like marine and coastal recovered plastic material yarn.

Edible Water Pods

In the rolling theme of getting rid of plastic, edible water pods are a great invention that is changing the way we drink. These edible pods contain one serving of water. Their outer clear membrane is made of seaweed extract that is completely edible. When you’re thirsty, just plop one of these water pods into your mouth and enjoy the refreshment.

Beer Bottle Sand

This one may just have you rushing to a local bar that sports this invention from DB Breweries. Essentially, you put an empty beer bottle into the machine. In about five seconds, the machine pulverizes the bottle into minuscule bits of sand. Once the machine is full, the sand is then utilized to preserve beaches and assist in national roadwork projects.

The human brain is capable of many creative inventions. The above five are just some of the best inventions that are saving the planet. With more inspiring ideas like the ones above, we can take care of our planet and preserve it for future generations.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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