Lobster — Not Just For Dinner Anymore

Lobsters aren’t just for eating anymore. The shells from Maine’s signature seafood are being used to make biodegradable golf balls made out of ground-up lobster shells. Lobster processors dispose of tons of lobster shells that are left over after the meat is removed. Industry leaders have long wondered if there might be a way to make money from the part thrown away. David Neivandt, a professor of chemical and biological engineering at the University of Maine, had an idea and was successful in creating golf balls made from ground-up lobster shells mixed with a glue-like substance. The ball is the same size and weight as a standard golf ball, but is intended for use on cruise ships or driving ranges that are on lakes or the ocean. With an iron, the ball flies nearly the same distance as a standard ball. With a driver, it will go 60% to 70% of the distance. The raw materials for the lobster golf ball cost about 19¢ per ball, which could make it competitive in the open market. The university has filed for a provisional patent and is looking for a company to buy the licensing rights.