1) Recycling beef carcass into plastic
Canadian scientists have devised a way that allows them to turn left over beef carcass into plastic. Currently in the development stages, scientists at the University of Alberta are working with industries to try and implement these beef plastics into car parts, CD cases and other structural materials.
2) Recycling cigarette butts into clothing
Chilean designer Alexandra Guerrero has been experimenting with what just may be the last thing anyone would think of as clothing material: cigarette butts.
3) Recycling water, urine or any liquid to charge a battery
4) Recycling foreskin into anti aging product
Vavelta is a clear liquid derived from baby foreskins, donated by mothers whose babies have just been circumcised. The liquid is injected into adult skin damaged by acne or burns.
5) Recycling human hair as flour additive for bread making
An animal-based flour additive called L-Cysteine is an amino acid which is used as a flour improver. L-Cysteine is produced from feathers, pig bristles and sometimes even human hair. These days L-Cysteine can also be produced synthetically but apparently human hair remains one of the richest sources of this amino acid – it makes up about 14% of your hair – and there is a small industry in China making the additive from hair clippings.
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