Imperial College Unveils Degradable Plastic

There are probably a few dozen plastic-like replacements on the market you may have heard of. Now we can add Imperial College’s degradable sugar polymer based-on lignocellulosic biomass.

This guilt-free plastic, unlike other solutions on the market is not based upon corn or sugar beet but on the sugars produced from the breakdown of lignocellulosic biomass, or in other words cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin found in wood byproducts, grasses, and some types of agricultural waste.

This means plastic produced via this method probably won’t affect the price and supply of food-based agriculture products – a significant issue that needs to be addressed before biodegradable plastic can be widely distributed.

Of course, it would be better if every one could forego all forms of disposable-ware. No amount of biodegradable items can compete with zero-waste production.

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