Recipe for antibacterial plastic: Plastic plus egg whites
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such ...
Fully compostable bioplastic made from shrimp shells
(Phys.org) —Researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute have developed a method to carry out large-scale manufacturing of everyday objects—from cell phones to food containers and toys—using a fully degradable ...
Waste cooking oil makes bioplastics cheaper
"Bioplastics" that are naturally synthesized by microbes could be made commercially viable by using waste cooking oil as a starting material. This would reduce environmental contamination and also give high-quality plastics ...
Researchers improve process to create renewable chemicals from plants (w/ Video)
(Phys.org) —Crops aren't just for food, fiber and fuel. Researchers at the University of Florida are making new industrial applications possible for them as well.
Chemists and other researchers are working up new formulas for greener plastic
It's no longer common to hear, "Paper or plastic?" at the supermarket. In many jurisdictions, the plastic option is curbed. Hundreds of local governments around the world—even entire countries, such as ...
Next generation of bioplastics could be made from trees
A research project led by Biome Bioplastics, aided by research conducted by the University of Warwick's Centre for Biotechnology and Biorefining, has demonstrated the feasibility of extracting organic chemicals ...
That's a bioplastic wrap
Bioplastics take on traditional petrochemical plastics in food packaging, with some challenges.
Chemistry professor developing sustainable bioplastics
(PhysOrg.com) -- A Colorado State University chemistry professor has developed several patent-pending chemical processes that would create sustainable bioplastics from renewable resources for use on everything ...
One word: bioplastics
(PhysOrg.com) -- Every year, more than 250 billion pounds of plastic are produced worldwide. Much of it ends up in the world's oceans, a fact that troubles MIT biology professor Anthony Sinskey.
Trained bacteria convert bio-wastes into plastic
Dutch researcher Jean-Paul Meijnen has 'trained' bacteria to convert all the main sugars in vegetable, fruit and garden waste efficiently into high-quality environmentally friendly products such as bioplastics.
Researchers develop biodegradable substitutes for wood, plastic bottles and other common materials
(PhysOrg.com) -- Stanford University researchers have developed a synthetic wood substitute that may one day save trees, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and shrink landfills.
NYU-Poly professor developing bioplastic that acts like regular plastic
When people complained en masse that new biodegradable Sun Chips bags were too noisy, enough for the snacks maker, Frito Lay, to scrap the bags altogether last year, it sent a signal: most consumers ...
Plastic fantastic—the future of biodegradables
Poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) is a thermoplastic polyester which occurs naturally in bacteria as Ralstonia eutropha and Bacillus megaterium. Even though PHB is biodegradable and is not dependent on fossil resources, this bioplast ...
Producing useful bioplastics from the gasification of urban waste
Bacteria may be the key to produce useful bioplastics from the gasification of urban waste.