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Biodegradable Plastic

New Plastic Dissolves in Sea Water

— March 29, 2007 — Eco
Billions of plastic bags and waste are produced every year for a very short term of usage, but with quite a long life, and when they degrade they result in very toxic products. In some countries plastic bags are not allowed, but as this doesn't happen in most countries, for now let's hope this new plastic that degrades in seawater helps to make the world a little bit cleaner.

How? Well, this new plastic just degrades in 20 days and results on byproducts that are non toxic. There are currently many groups working on the development of this kind of plastic, but the first ones to get results have been the scientists at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM).
Trend Themes
1. Biodegradable Plastic Bags - Opportunity to disrupt the plastic bag industry by offering biodegradable alternatives that degrade in a short amount of time and produce non-toxic byproducts.
2. Sustainable Packaging - Disruptive innovation opportunity in the packaging industry by developing biodegradable materials that dissolve in seawater, reducing plastic waste and environmental impact.
3. Environmentally Friendly Plastics - Potential for disruptive innovation in the plastics industry by creating biodegradable plastics that break down quickly in seawater, minimizing the negative effects on marine ecosystems.
Industry Implications
1. Plastic Bag Manufacturing - Opportunity for disruption in the plastic bag manufacturing industry by transitioning to the production of biodegradable bags that dissolve in seawater, reducing environmental harm.
2. Packaging Industry - Disruptive innovation opportunity for the packaging industry to adopt biodegradable materials that dissolve in seawater, addressing the growing concern of plastic waste pollution.
3. Plastics Manufacturing - Potential for disruptive innovation in the plastics manufacturing industry by developing biodegradable materials that quickly degrade in seawater, offering an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional plastics.
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