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Fungi Mutarium Turns Plastic Into Food

Austrian design group Livin shows us how one of our most challenging waste products can become a delicious snack.

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Plastic can be one of the hardest materials to break down—indeed, if not recycled or processed chemically, that water bottle you just drank will remain on this Earth long after you are gone. While many groups are fighting hard for “bottle bills” and other recycling incentives and mandates, Austrian design studio Livin and Utrecht University have teamed up to create a different kind of solution: the Fungi Mutarium. The device uses fungus in little cups made of agar (a seaweed-based jelly) to digest sterilized plastic, which is metabolized into the fungus, leaving no traces of the original waste. But that’s not even the best part: after the plastic is digested, the agar cups and their resultant contents are completely edible. Yes, that’s right, these fungi actually turn plastic into something you can eat.

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Atheist Wins Right to Wear "Religious Pasta Strainer" in ID Photo

It took him three years, but Niko Alm is finally allowed to celebrate his non-religion, "pastafarianism," in his driver's license.

Austrian atheist Niko Alm supports the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a joke religion conjured up by atheists who say their make-believe stories are no better or worse than any traditional church's. In 2008, to make a point about his faith's sanctity compared to others, Alm asked to wear a pasta strainer on his head for his driver's license photo. Austrian citizens are only allowed to wear headgear in state IDs for religious purposes, so Alm, a Spaghetti Monster "pastafarian," argued that a colander is his "religious headgear."

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Image of the Day: Austrian Street Becomes a Race Track

Ochoresotto captures images of Sandra Janser and Elisabeth Koller's installation that places brilliant red turf paint on an Austrian street.


Ochoresotto captures images of Sandra Janser and Elisabeth Koller's installation that uses brilliant red turf paint to turn an Austrian street into a race track.

Design Boom has a great collection of images.

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