Researchers at Canada's University of Alberta have discovered a way to make a plastic alternative out of potato by-products.
The province of Alberta has a booming potato processing industry. While this is great for the region's economy, it also creates a lot of waste. Luckily, a team of brilliant researchers at the University of Alberta has figured out how to turn the peels and rejected potatoes into an incredible plastic alternative.
They've created a thin film similar to Saran wrap, with applications in the food and cosmetics industries. Not only is the plastic alternative an eco-friendly solution, it also has bioactive properties. Potatoes contain phenol, which is a natural plant-protecting compound also found in apples and grapes. It has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties that are captured in the plastic alternative, meaning that it would preserve things much more powerfully than typical plastic wrap.