Ari Jonsson a Product Design Student studying at the Iceland Academy of The Arts has created a biodegradable plastic water bottle made from red algae powder that decomposes within days.
Looking to help solve the problem of large amounts of plastic waste, Jónsson came across a powdered form of agar. Which with the correct quantity of water applied created a material that was mouldable, and could be frozen to retain its form.
The design sounds like it isn't quite there yet for volume applications, and Jónsson isn't the first to use algae to replace disposables. However with more innovations like this, and a developing consciousness of the importance of alternatives to non renewable materials, hopefully we will see these sorts of materials reaching industrialised products.