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Plastic From Sugar – new process may turn sugar based plastic into a reality

Plastic waste may not last as long as we originally thought it would but it still lingers in landfills and water supplies far longer than what is healthy for our little blue planet, well if we want to keep it blue that is. A new plastic made from sugar may help us have a cleaner tomorrow.

Most of the items we use and love in our everyday life is made from polycarbonate plastic and contains BPA which is a very toxic chemical. So toxic in fact that we no longer use it in baby bottles. This alternative uses sugar to create a plastic that is durable and biodegradable. This alternative plastic is also bio-compatible so it may be used for medical implants and the like.

Credit: Georgina Gregory

Holding back its adaption has been the use of a toxic chemical in its production but a new method is much safer and is actually even more sustainable than traditional plastic production. It’s not ready for market yet but once perfected, the future of plastic might be a lot sweeter.

Donyae’s love for technology is based on a need to survive our future robotic overlords. Know thy enemy as you know yourself. But since even odds are on the zombie future, she has also learned how to prepare squirrel. You can find her on Facebook until the robots – or zombies – rise up.

Donyae Coles – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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