Researchers develop milk bottles made of antimicrobial bioplastic

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Single use plastics don’t compost. They either find their way into huge trash islands in the middle of the ocean, or break apart into microplastics that enter the food chain. While public awareness of plastic pollution is growing, the race is on to create alternatives to the tons of plastic packaging produced every year. Following on from our recent coverage of an edible straw made from seaweed, we’ve found another example of technology turning to biology for inspiration. CuanTec, affiliated with Strathclyde University in Scotland, has developed a clean process of extracting chitin from crustacean shells. Chitin is an abundant…

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