Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox every week.      
The Kid Should See This

Sixteen year old Elif Bilgin turned banana peels into a bioplastic

After two years of research, experiments, and failed trials, 16-year-old Elif Bilgin developed a new process for turning banana peels into a non-decaying bioplastic, a more eco-friendly alternative to petroleum-based plastics. Of the process, she said, “Even Thomas Edison said, ‘I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.’”

In recognition of her persistence and discovery, she is Scientific American‘s 2013 Science in Action winner and winner of the Voter’s Choice Award for the Google Science Fair 2013.

In the archives: more about plastic pollution and compostable packaging made from mushrooms.

via DIY.org.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

The Hidden World of Chocolate

Rion Nakaya

Gyrecraft – Transforming sea plastics into valuable objects

Rion Nakaya

What is a Gyre?

Rion Nakaya

Sea Chair: Making a stool from plastic debris found in the open sea

Rion Nakaya

One Plastic Beach: Making art from found beach plastic

Rion Nakaya

Transforming Human Poop Into Eco-Friendly Fertilizer

Rion Nakaya

An “invisibility cloak” prototype material by Hyperstealth Biotechnology

Rion Nakaya

The Ocean Cleanup technology and challenges explained

Rion Nakaya

An innovative edible spoon, a smart alternative to plastic waste

Rion Nakaya