Challenge: Nappie-free Landfills

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