This student start-up turns your food waste into high quality bio-plastic
A new technological solution is aimed at converting food waste into valuable chemical components from which bioplastics can be produced.
The ultimate goal of the project by researchers at the University of Canterbury is to extract three major chemical components from residues, including polylactic acid and the organic compound 5-hydroxymethylfurfural. They can be used to create durable plastic materials with different properties, depending on the needs..
The advantage of these bioplastics is that they are 100% recyclable and degradable. However, in addition to potential opportunities, the organization of production will still require certain financial costs. At the moment, a team of scientists is developing a solution for the commercial application of the technology.
We also previously reported on creating new enzyme for processing plant waste into plastic and nylon.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: University of Canterbury