A team of researchers are taking biodegradable plastic to the next level. The new manufacturing material is made from shrimp and is 100% biodegradable, making it an extremely viable sustainable alternative.
A group from Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering developed a biodegradable plastic made from chitosan, which is extracted from shrimp shells. Unlike other bioplastics, which are plant-based but do not fully degrade, or regular plastics which are filling landfills at an alarming rate, this new brand can completely break down.
Most of the world's chitosan supply comes from discarded shrimp shells that usually end up in the garbage or are reused in fertilizers, dietary supplements or cosmetics. This is the first time anyone has been able to 3D and complex shapes from the material.