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Bio-Plastic Can Now Be Made From Sugar and CO2

Scientists from the Centre of Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) at the University of Bath managed to make a biodegradable form of plastic. It is also made sugar and carbon dioxide and not oil.

It is made by combining a sugar called thymidine with CO2 at low pressures and at room temperature.

Bioplastic Food Wrappers Can Be Edible

Earlier this year researchers at the University of Otago have managed to develop food packaging made from corn and shellfish industry by-products. This is already great news but it gets better – you will be able to eat it too.

Their research will reduce our dependence on oil and other non-biodegradable plastics but also reduce waste by simply eating it rather than binning it.

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The Toys of the Future Could Be Made from Bioplastics

Two companies, Bio-on and Italeri are currently collaborating on Minerv Supertoys to make their toys of the future from bioplastics. Bio-on’s bioplastic is 100% biodegradable polymer and is completely natural.

Their work has had some encouraging results and they plan to take their PHA-based (polyhydroxyalkanoates) toys to market very soon.