20 Sep '11, 1pm

Orange Peels Could Be Made Into Biodegradable Plastic:

Orange Peels Could Be Made Into Biodegradable Plastic:

Find your local recycling solution for plastic Written by Bryan Nelson Plastic waste makes for one of the worst forms of trash because it takes so long to degrade, thus overflowing our landfills and polluting our oceans and waterways. But what if we could make plastic from a recycled, natural, biodegradable source? That’s the idea behind a novel new technology developed by British scientists that uses microwaves to turn plant-based waste, such as orange peels, into an eco-friendly plastic, according to the Independent . Researchers have already created a partnership with the juice-making industry in Brazil, and have launched the Orange Peel Exploitation Company, in order to demonstrate the technology on a large scale. “There are eight million tons of orange residue in Brazil. For every orange that’s squeezed to make juice, about half of it is wasted,” said James Clark, pro...

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