A professor and student research group in Maine announced this week that they have successfully created a more environmentally friendly alternative to current golf balls. The research team says they were working to create these golf balls because of the fact that so many are left in rivers and lakes around the world and because the chemicals are likely harmful when left in water.
The newer, friendlier golf balls are made out of a much more natural material; lobster shell pieces. After lobster is processed and canned the shell and other pieces are generally thrown away because they have no other use. Fortunately this new application is not only good for the environment but it is also a good use of the left over pieces of lobster which were previously just trashed.
The professor in charge of the research team said in a statement that originally they were not expecting to solve two problems like this but now that they have found this use for lobster shell leftovers it might make a big difference. In most cases the leftover pieces of lobster shell simply end up in a landfill so obviously putting them into a golf ball will be slightly better for the environment as a whole
Another major focus of these environmentally friendly golf balls was to create a lower cost alternative. Currently environmentally friendly golf balls cost substantially more than their more traditional counterparts and as a result they never became very popular; the new lobster shell golf balls should be able to be produced for approximately the same price as a regular golf ball so the selling price should also be around the same according to the research team.