By asking participants “What if we could grow our own packaging?” we invite them to explore Ecovative mushroom materials, a Styrofoam (polystyrene) packaging alternative grown from mycelium (mushroom “roots”) and agricultural waste. Participants compare the life cycle of polystyrene to that of Ecovative and design and make their own Ecovative product.
Participants create their own solar cell using non-toxic materials and blackberry fruit as the dye, understanding how solar cells are manufactured currently and the green chemistry research towards greener solar energy devices.
Participants explore the concept of biomimicry, which is taking inspiration from nature in the design of new technologies, through a matching game. Participants then think about how nature and green chemistry can help them make a green glue.
Engage participants by introducing them to the problem of micro plastics in the ocean and challenge them to evaluate a sustainable alternative beverage packaging using the three criteria of green chemistry.
Participants learn about biomimicry and explore Sharklet film, an innovation based on shark skin that inhibits the growth of bacteria on surfaces. Through hands-on simulation participants discover the secrets behind the technology. *For Sharklet samples please contact Beyond Benign.