Elsa Zaldívar just won a Rolex award for her work turning loofahs, a sponge-like cucumber that I thought grew underwater but apparently doesn’t, and recycled plastic into a sustainable building material:

You can read more on the awards page here. I eagerly await the promised how-to video; any readers able to find her specific recipes or more details about the project would be greatly appreciated!

(via Worldchanging)