Plastic waste presents a potential threat to entire ecosystems all over the globe. According to EcoWatch, “44% of all seabird species, 22% of cetaceans, all sea turtle species and a growing list of fish species have been documented with plastic in or around their bodies. 1 million of sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans.”
Besides posing danger to animals, plastic is also known to cause many illnesses that affect people due to its high toxicity.
To tackle the global environmental problems of plastic pollution, researchers from the University of Amsterdam have developed Plantics, a 100% bio-based plastics.
Unlike other oil-based types of plastic, Plantics is fully biodegradable and compostable. It is produced without any use of toxic chemicals and doesn’t release any toxic chemicals when it is ingested or incinerated. In addition, Plantics provides high resistance to heat and chemicals.
Plantics creators position their bio-based plastic as a low-cost alternative to conventional bio-based plastic that is much more expensive. They target customers in such industries as agriculture, waste management, transport and packaging.
For more details about Plantics, click here.
by Natalie Myhalnytska
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