Oh dear! There you are, sanctimoniously ecologically correct in your biodegradable recyclable plastic sandals, lecturing the rest of the world on the need to grow more bio fuel and lentils, when someone mentions Clemson University.
Cows grow old, especially when you have persuaded everyone to stop eating them and munch on soya beans instead. They grow old, and they die. A dead cow is a problem. A fairly sizeable problem.
They used to be ground up and made into dog food, perfect recycling. Then the UK got Mad Cow disease, and we couldn’t risk ending up with Mad Dog disease as well. Now billions of pounds worth of waste meat and bone end up in the landfill sites. Ecologically very incorrect.
Come in Clemson University! They have developed a way to use the dead cows to engineer a bioplastic, just perfect to make recyclable sandals for your lentil munching biodegradable vegan who eschews leather shoes.
Along the way, I also discovered that some car parts are now made from recycled battery chicken feathers – not on the effortlessly superior Honda Civic GX I hope, that’ll wipe the smug grin off some green faces.