Golf Balls Go Green
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By Aaron Britt / Published by Dwell
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At the end of March, the Bangor Daily News reported on a clever new development in the realm of green sporting goods: a biodegradable golf ball made of crushed lobster shells. Professor David Neivandt and group of students at the University of Maine have devised a prototype that plays and feels like a regular golf ball but is made of "ground lobster shell, a natural binding agent, and a golf ball mold purchased on eBay." You wouldn't use it to play a regular round of 18, but the Mainers do see a market on cruise ships, where duffers can get the thrill of whacking a ball out into the sunset without worrying about polluting the sea. In fact, the ball starts to break down in just a week, a process hastened by a good smash from a driver. Check out this video from WLBZ in Bangor to learn more.

Photo courtesy of the University of Maine.

Aaron Britt

@aaronbritt

Aaron writes the men's style column "The Pocket Square" for the San Francisco Chronicle and has written for the New York Times, the Times Magazine, Newsweek, National Geographic and others.

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