Biodegradable plastic film could replace PET

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There is a growing interest in creating sustainable and renewable packaging. At Springwise, we have previously seen packaging pouches made from recycled billboards and milk bottles made from biodegradable plastic. Now, researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have created a flexible, plastic material out of crab shells and tree fibres. The tree fibres contain cellulose, and crab shells contain a material called chitin. Both of these are natural biopolymers. Researchers hope that the material made from these natural polymers could eventually replace petroleum-based plastic wrap to keep food fresh. The process of creating the material begins by first suspending cellulose…

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