A positive result for the planet? ‘Eco pregnancy test’ made of 99% PAPER promises less plastic waste from the 12.5 million tests conducted in the UK each year
- A pregnancy test made from 99 percent paper could help reduce plastic in landfills
- Hoopsy tests can be halved after use, with some recycled
- The founder was inspired by the number of tests she did when trying for a baby
- The other percent of the test is a thin strip of plastic that protects the result
A pregnancy test made from 99 percent paper promises to help reduce the plastic waste left behind by the 12.5 million thrown away in the UK each year.
The Hoopsy test is designed to be cut in half after use, with the part the user doesn’t throw away thrown in the trash, while the rest can go to paper recycling.
The cardboard packaging can also be recycled as paper, while the bag containing the test strip can be recycled as soft plastic in the supermarket.
The one percent of the test not listed is a thin plastic sheet where the result is displayed to protect it.
Founder Lara Solomon was inspired to create the product after she started trying for a baby, and it dawned on her how many tests she had to pass.
She said: “Life can be challenging, especially when you’re trying to conceive month after month.
“But our planet shouldn’t suffer from the many plastic tests sent to landfill.”
Hoopsy’s cardboard packaging can also be used for paper recycling, while the pouch containing the test strip can be recycled as soft plastic in the supermarket
The Hoopsy test is designed to be cut in half after use, with the part that the user does not throw away is thrown in the trash, while the rest can go to paper recycling
HOW MUCH PLASTIC WASTE GOES TO LANDFILL?
A recent study by Green Peace has found that Britons throw away nearly 100 billion pieces of plastic packaging every year.
It also found that only 12 percent of disposable packaging used by households is recycled.
The rest is exported to other countries (17 percent), buried in landfills (2 percent) or burned in incinerators (45 percent).
“With Hoopsy, my goal is to deliver sustainable health products that help women, their partners and the planet,” she added.
“Knowing that every test we sell means one less plastic test in the bin is what makes me jump out of bed every morning.”
It is estimated that 5 million tons of plastic is thrown away in the UK every year, almost half of which is packaging.
Most pregnancy tests are largely made of hard plastic, the primary function of which is to hold the absorbent paper strip firmly.
The paper strip itself is designed to combine the urine with latex microspheres coated in an antibody, which can bind with hCG – the hormone produced during pregnancy.
The liquid and beads then flow into the test strip, where more binding antibodies are present in a stripe about halfway through.
The hCG-bound microspheres then also bind to these new antibodies, preventing them from going further and accumulating to produce the color.
They are known as a ‘lateral flow’ test and work in the same way as the home COVID test kits.
Most pregnancy tests are largely made of hard plastic, the primary function of which is to keep the absorbent paper strip stable
Lara Solomon (pictured) got the idea for Hoopsy after she decided to try a baby at 45 and went the embryo donation route. The procedure resulted in her using numerous pregnancy tests to see if it was a success
Ms. Solomon came up with the idea for Hoopsy after she decided to try for a baby at the age of 45, going the embryo donation route.
The procedure led her to use numerous pregnancy tests to see if it was a success.
She said: ‘Unfortunately I got a weak positive test, but then I miscarried, which was a traumatic experience – I think I cried for days.
“But something else came to light when I tested alone in the hotel — how many pregnancy tests I used.”
The Hoopsy tests are more than 99 percent accurate from the day of the user’s expected period and have a sensitivity to hCG of 25mIU/ml.
They have undergone clinical trials and laboratory testing to assess their accuracy and are registered with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.
The paper comes from responsibly managed forests and the portion that ends up in landfill will not take up to 30 years to break down, unlike plastic tests.
The tests can be bought in the UK in packs of three for £14.99, five for £22.99 or ten for £39.99 on the Hoopsy website.
Biodegradable coating could be sprayed on food to keep it fresh 50% longer – and it could replace plastic packaging in supermarkets
Thanks to a new biodegradable coating, the days when you have to throw away your leftovers are a thing of the past.
Researchers at the Rutgers School of Public Health have developed a coating that can be sprayed on food — and say it keeps produce fresh for 50 percent longer.
The team hopes that their plant-based coating will soon be able to replace plastic packaging in supermarkets.
The packaging uses fiber made from polysaccharides – the most common carbohydrates in food.
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The packaging uses fiber made from polysaccharides – the most common carbohydrates in food. Once you are ready to eat the food, the coating can be rinsed off with water and broken down in the soil within three days