Material ConneXion’s EVP of Research, Dr. Andrew H. Dent, is featured on The Dieline, discussing water dependency reduction in packaging.
With Elon Musk’s drive to colonize Mars comes many challenges with creating sustainable, life-supporting systems in that hostile environment – most obviously, the lack of water.
Beyond the apparent needs for potable water, any additional construction or production at the planet’s surface faces one major problem: almost everything we produce uses water in some form, whether to clean, irrigate, color, or even as a part of the product itself.When we think about it this way, a lack of access to abundant water would render many of our day to day production needs impossible. It’s critical that any process that is going to work on Mars, needs to work without water.That kind of big-picture thinking isn’t just good for Mars, it’s also driving many of the sustainability initiatives in materials production on Earth, and it’s a domain where the packaging industry can lead.
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