New sugar-based plastic can be composted at home

Other biorenewable plastics take large volumes of water for production and require high temperatures to degrade the product, while this new material requires about 80% less energy and water to produce and can be disposed of in any normal home composting bin.

"The development of the material is very promising and I’m optimistic that the technology could be in use within two to five years," says Dr. Williams.

Let's see, this new sugar-based plastic uses renewable crops that aren't needed for food, uses much less energy to create than other plastics, and can biodegrade under normal conditions. I'd say this is a big step towards sustainability and weaning ourselves off fossil fuels.

Read more about this breakthrough plastic in the Imperial College press release.

Disclaimer: The photo above is not of the product being mentioned. It is simply being used as a graphic.

Scientists at the Imperial College of London have come up with a solution for a plastic that biodegrades much quicker than traditional petroleum- and plant-based plastics. These new sugar-based plastics could be composted in peoples' homes along with leftover scraps of food, disappearing much quicker than PLA corn-based plastics.

This new type of plastic is created by extracting a polymer from the glucose found in certain trees and grasses. Dr. Charlotte Williams, the head researcher for this project, said, "Our key breakthrough was in finding a way of using a non-food crop to form a polymer, as there are ethical issues around using food sources in this way." The plants used will take less crops to produce more plastics versus the corn-based version.

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