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Welcome to this week’s edition of our SnippETS newsletter. This issue examines a number of positive developments in the way we view the concept of food production and wearable clothing. We also examine the dilemma facing us on plastic use and how we might manage its use better. We also review some innovative new products and how tyres and solar panels can be recycled when their useful life is over.



Imagine a world where meat is no longer farmed, but instead produced in the laboratory. Imagine no longer! The “meat- free” burger, (with its meat-like appearance, texture and taste) has become a huge discussion point and certain to be very disruptive to New Zealand, where meat is our second largest export. The recent news that Air New Zealand has introduced the burger on its international menu has not gone unnoticed. The rise and rise of vegetarian and vegan options in our society is becoming obvious. Understandably politicians and others are being vocal with their opinions.     Read More....



And if we don’t farm cows for meat, where would we source leather? In the laboratory, of course! This video describes a new bio-leather that takes only 2 weeks to produce, and the range of properties available in the resultant material is huge.




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So what other ways are there to make the fashion industry, currently the 2nd most polluting industry in the world, greener? Ideally it would be that all clothing would be made sustainably and ethically, and last a very long time. Some more detailed ideas are found in our next article, but really we need a mind-set change from the “this week’s fashion” "buy more" mentality to a more long-term view. 

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Modern life would be impossible without plastic – but we have long since lost control over our invention. Why has plastic turned into a problem and what do we know about its dangers? Created in collaboration with UN Environment and their Clean Seas campaign, this thought provoking video explains how we have ended up with this plastic dilemma.