Scientists Develop Bioplastic From Food Scraps

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Chemistry
Photo credit: Bioplastic derived from cocoa pod husks. Italian Institute of Technology

Plastic has been an amazing resource for humans, but it has also generated a considerable amount of waste that poses a serious threat to wildlife. There are biodegradable plant-based plastics available, but there are some significant drawbacks. However, Ilker Bayer from the Italian Institute of Technology led a team that explored an alternative method of producing bioplastics that utilizes unwanted food scraps.

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