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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Fish gelatin: Ultra-high-tech biomedical uses ahead?
Natural gelatin, extracted from the shiny skin of a seagoing fish called Alaskan pollock, may someday be put to intriguing new biomedical uses. US Department of Agriculture (USDA) chemist Bor-Sen Chiou is developing strong ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
That's a bioplastic wrap
Bioplastics take on traditional petrochemical plastics in food packaging, with some challenges.
Development of Euglena-based bioplastics
Researchers from AIST have developed microalga-based bioplastics mainly from constituents extracted from Euglena, a species of microalga.
Extracting valuable resources from waste to make new bioplastics
An old British phrase states that 'where there's muck, there's brass' - meaning that where there are dirty jobs to be done there is money to be made. This rings true to this day where many valuable resources ...