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Biodegradable Plastics That Feed On Seaweed And Biodegradable Cutlery Manufacturer
- Dec 27, 2018 -

  Researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel are working on a new biodegradable plastic made from microorganisms that feed on algae.

  Alexander Golberg of the Porter College of Environment and Earth Sciences at Tel Aviv University said: “Our new process produces 'plastics' from marine microbes that allow plastics to be completely recycled through organic waste.”

At present, factories have begun to "commercially produce this type of bioplastics, but the plants used for production are plants that require farmland and fresh water."

“The new biodegradable plastics we develop will enable countries with freshwater shortages, such as Israel, China and India, to switch from producing petroleum-derived plastics to biodegradable plastics made from seaweed microbes,” said Alexander Golberg. Basic research is currently underway to find the most suitable microorganisms and algae that will be used to produce biomaterial polymers with different properties."

  Biodegradable plastic products have environmental potential and the use of algae also reduces dependence on fossil fuels.

In addition to Israel, the United States is conducting similar research and development. According to KSWB San Diego News, the US Department of Energy recently provided $2 million in grants to biologists distributed by the University of California, San Diego, to develop cost-effective technologies for the development of algae plastic polymers.

  According to the Biodiversity Center's environmental organization, the world's oceans now gather billions of pounds of plastic, distributed in about 40% of the world's ocean area. “At the current rate, the total weight of marine plastics is expected to exceed the total of marine fish by 2050.”

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