Even if the jury is still out comparing the environmental impacts and carbon footprints of cloth vs. disposable nappies, it’s clear that standard disposables are a landfill problem. As in, a space problem if nothing else. Being a petroleum-based product, they pose other problems as well.
But since the main component of these stubbornly indispensable items is cellulose, and mushrooms are nature’s cellulose-eating machines, Mexican scientist Alethia Vázquez-Morillas of The Autonomous Metropolitan University in Mexico City has found a solution. Continue reading