This Biodegradable Golf Ball Is Made From a Lobster

Lobsters! Not only do they have delicious meat, their shells have use too! Researchers at the University of Maine have developed a biodegradable golf ball from lobster shells. It's cheaper than the typical biodegradable ball ($0.19 vs $1) and can be hit straight into the ocean without the environment weighing down on your game.

The material of the golf ball is made from crushed lobster shells with a biodegradable binder and coating (I wish it wasn't white, though). Lobster shells are a great resource to tap into as most of the stuff just heads to landfills (no one has a need for red shells, I guess). The balls work with both drivers and irons and flies a "similar distance to other biodegradable balls", though not as far as real balls. Which is okay!


Hitting golf balls into the ocean is fun! Or at least I imagine it to be! It's one of my favorite things to do that I've never done before. [University of Maine via BoingBoing]

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