Rich McEachran

Rich McEachran

Writer about things edible, green and sustainable

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Creators defend vanilla flavour made using synthetic biology

Evolva say its synbio vanillin is a sustainable alternative to the synthetic variety, but critics say the technology isn’t palatable for the environment

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The Guardian

From oil to algae: the route to greener roads

Standard asphalt is energy- and resource-intensive and is blamed for failing roads. The race is on to develop sustainable alternatives like algae and cooking oil

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The Guardian

Under the sea: the underwater farms growing basil, strawberries and lettuce

Scuba divers and agricultural experts develop a project to work out if growing plants in pods on the seabed could be a viable solution to future food security

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The Guardian

Is powdered food an eco-dream or just weird?

Huel and Ambronite are touting powdered meals as a low-cost, sustainable way to feed people and help protect the planet

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Cut Food Waste By Eating Your Water Bottles

Packaging is the food industry’s fall guy. It ends up in landfills, its toxins pollute our rivers and oceans, and according to researchers, it can even leave a nasty (or pleasant, but let’s go for nasty) taste in our mouths. Yet we have something of a love/hate relationship with it: the more we pour down our throats and line our stomachs, the more of it we throw away.

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The Guardian

Are seaweed snacks the future as the tide turns on meat consumption?

From seaweed burgers to craft beer, a number of start-ups recognise protein potential of seaweed as growing demand for meat puts increasing pressure on resources

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The Guardian

Food of the future: what will feed 7 billion people?

Insects, fake meat, seaweed and 3D-printed food all have the potential to address malnutrition, but could you stomach it?

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The Guardian

Take a look inside an eco-friendly home of the future

Wipe your feet on the doormat made from upcycled fishing rope and step inside. Rich McEachran takes us on a tour of a sustainable home of the future, complete with furniture made of urine and sand

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The Guardian

Breeding flies and edible plastic: the kitchen of the future

You might have heard of edible insects, but have you considered eating plastic? From 3D printed nutrients to smartphone-controlled mini gardens, this is the future of the humble kitchen

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The Guardian

Would you wear a wedding dress made from fungus?

From wedding dresses grown from tree mulch to clothes made from yeast, bacteria and even mouse cells – welcome to the world of homegrown fashion

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The Guardian

Waste-free, Willy Wonka packaging is coming but are consumers ready for it?

From edible water bottles to yoghurt encased in fruit flavoured skins, the packaging industry is getting creative, but psychological barriers persist

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The Guardian

Turning our mountains of food waste into graphene

Scientists are trialling out new techniques for converting food waste into graphene and hydrogen

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The Guardian

Drink up, then eat the glass – the trend for edible food packaging and tableware

New technologies are being used to make edible packaging for food and drink. It could reduce what we send to landfill, but will it taste any good?

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Unusual renewables: bacon-powered motorbikes and cars run on bacon

From batteries powered by sweat to a 3D printed wind turbine - some wacky and wonderful innovations in renewable energy

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The Guardian

Forget about cotton, we could be making textiles from banana and pineapple

Banana, pineapple and coconut don’t just belong in the fridge, they’re making their way into fashion now too