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Biofase Makes Bioplastic From Avocado Pits

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Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   7/31/2013 8:19:14 PM
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I have heard of edible packaging for various foodstuffs, as well as packaging that simply disintegrates harmlessly into food.

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Cabe Atwell   7/31/2013 7:25:01 PM
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It's too bad that avocado pits are mildly toxic otherwise you could simply eat the biodegradable package and be done with it. 

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Ann R. Thryft   2/19/2013 3:27:22 PM
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Scott, thanks for your comment and glad to be of service :)

 

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Scott Orlosky   2/18/2013 5:25:36 PM
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I second Dave's comments. Anytime we can take a waste product like this and convert it to a useful and economic product - we get one step closer to sustainable living.  Our planet will thank us in the long run for efforts like these. Thanks for the article, Ann.  It was a bright spot in my day.

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Ann R. Thryft   1/25/2013 11:46:09 AM
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I know what you mean, Nadine. I live in Santa Cruz and am also used to compostable takeout containers.

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NadineJ   1/25/2013 9:51:12 AM
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Thanks for the article.  It would be a great cycle to see the bio-plastic from avocado pits made into biodegradable take out containers!  With such a high volume of raw material, the price may be reasonable.

I forget that many parts of the country still use Styrofoam until I leave the Bay Area.  

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: That's a lot of guacamole
Ann R. Thryft   1/24/2013 12:02:21 PM
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TJ, I just saw your earlier calculations. That IS an awful lot of guacamole, isn't it?



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Ann R. Thryft   1/23/2013 11:40:50 AM
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Dave, glad you enjoyed the article. I adore avocados and would eat them everyday if they were in season locally in Northern California. That's one reason I was attracted to this story. Using Google Translate was a pain, but I'm good at figuring out bad translations into English, plus I absorbed a lot of Spanish when living in LA and hanging with my brother's in-laws from Mexico. I'm also familiar with Tec de Monterrey, so was not surprised that this innovation began there as a student project.

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TJ McDermott   1/22/2013 9:50:44 PM
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Dave, when I was looking at numbers, I saw a weight ratio of 60-70% flesh.

http://ucavo.ucr.edu/General/Ratios.html

Your initial weight ratio for the pit is too high, and brings your family back into fair usage.

 

 

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Dave Palmer   1/22/2013 8:31:43 PM
Ann, thanks for posting this.  Also, thanks for linking to a Spanish-language website.  It's an unfortunate fact that English speakers often ignore anything in other languages -- as though anything important must necessarily be in English.

Tec de Monterrey is very well known for integrating engineering and business, so it's perhaps not surprising that this company was founded by Tec students.

By the way, the cheerful "¡Aguacates de México!" jingle -- which is familiar to anyone who listens to Spanish-language radio in the U.S. -- is now stuck in my head after reading this article.  

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