Design Roundup: Banana Undies, Brandy In Plastic Bottles, Carpet Recycling

Design Roundup: Banana Undies, Brandy In Plastic Bottles, Carpet Recycling

In this roundup, we have banana-based underwear, recycled cell phones, compostable 3D glasses, another BPA ban, and more.

U.K. retailer Tesco is testing plastic packaging for its self-branded spirits instead of glass packaging. The company has already switched to plastic for its brandy, a change that cut packaging by 86 percent and eliminated 440,000 pounds of material.

Australia-based clothing maker AussieBum has released a line of men's underwear (left) made partly with fibers taken from banana tree bark. The underwear consists of 37 percent banana fiber, 64 percent organic cotton and 9 percent Lycra.

In May, Sprint and LG Electronics will release the LG Remarq, a cell phone that has an outer casing made of 19 percent post-consumer recycled plastic, is 87 percent recyclable and meets the European Union's  material-restriction standards for lead, mercury and cadmium. The phone's packaging is completely recyclable, has an exterior made of 87 percent post-consumer paper, an inner tray made of 100 percent post-consumer material, and is printed with soy ink.

Looking to make the recent surge in 3D movies less wasteful, Cereplast has developed 3D glasses (below) for Oculus3D that can be composted in industrial compost settings. The glasses are made with Cereplast's Compostables resin, which includes corn-based polylactic acid from NatureWorks.

Wisconsin has become the latest state to take action on bisphenol A (BPA) by passing a law that bans the use of BPA in plastic bottles, cups and similar items intended for kids 3 years old or younger. Items must also be labeled "BPA Free." Similar bans have been enacted by Canada, Washington state, Minnesota, Connecticut, Chicago and New York's Suffolk County.

Tide Coldwater laundry detergent was given the Green Good Housekeeping Seal, making it the first detergent to earn the seal. Using cold water to wash clothes uses less energy. The product earned the seal based on its ingredients and product safety, reduced water use in manufacturing and reduced industrial and hazardous waste produced when manufacturing.

{related_content}A starch-based adhesive that would make it easier to separate and recycle carpet tiles has been developed by researchers at the University of York. The university's Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, working with the U.K. operations of InterfaceFLOR, developed a new adhesive that is highly flame retardant and can undergo steam cleaning. An inexpensive chemical treatment can turn off its adhesive properties, allowing for easy carpet dismantling and recycling.

Jessup Manufacturing Company added a new product to its line of Glo Brite Eco Exit signs. The PM100 sign is approved for outdoor and wet conditions, and does not consume any energy. The sign uses photoluminescent technology to absorb and store ambient light, and lights up when needed.

An item that could be used to quickly dry plastic food storage bags and items like rubber gloves so they can be reused won the first Green Product Design Competition by Axion Polymers. The item, called the Wazzon (right), is designed to be made entirely with Axion's Axpoly compound, which is 100 percent composed of recycled plastic from video game consoles, refrigerators and TV sets.

Sony Music will no longer send promotional CDs to journalists and music critics starting in May. Instead, the company will send digital files.