With the ever-growing need to become eco-friendly, German scientists have developed a biodegradable Styrofoam alternative. Styrofoam is used in countless ways from structure building to product packaging. The worst part about this is Styrofoam is very far from sustainable. Popcorn is, though, and this was the basis for German scientists to find this biodegradable alternative.
The process involves using very fine corn grains that expand when exposed to pressurized steam. These grains can even be drawn from leftovers from discarded corn production. They are then mixed with a natural bonding agent and pressed into shape. The finished product looks almost identical to Styrofoam, if Styrofoam was made of corn. This material is claimed to be compostable and less flammable than Styrofoam itself, making it a much more preferable alternative.
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