When life hands you milk...make Styrofoam. It might not be the most practical expression, but it's an amazing Earth-friendly solution to our traditional plastic-based Styrofoam.

While Styrofoam has proven to be invaluable in insulating our foods and packaging our shipping items, it's a nightmare for the environment, as its creation results in tons of hazardous waste and it can take an eternity to decompose.

Fortunately, a new alternative has recently been created from milk proteins. This product is much less hazardous to create and can begin composting in only 45 days. To read more about the brilliant invention, read the InventorSpot article here.

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