A new ‘green plastic’ alternative that degrades in 10 years has been created, which can be used in the pharmaceutical packaging industry.
novel completely recyclable and fully biodegradable plastic packaging solution
which could be used in the pharmaceutical industry has been developed.
initial testing to create environmentally friendly packaging, researchers used
a biodegradable plastic additive which they combined with sugarcane to make a
processed correctly, sugarcane can be converted into a commercially material
which is both CO2 neutral and recyclable. The material is also as equally
robust as traditional petroleum plastic.
additive used to make the packaging enhances its biodegradability without
making changes to the physical properties of the material, without changes to
the final product’s shelf life and without an increase of resin used.
works by enabling microbes to secrete acids and consume the plastic. This
converts the materials into Ch4, CO2, biomass and water in less than 10 years,
much faster than regular plastic which can takes hundreds of years to degrade.
According to Natupharma, the company that produces the packaging, the technology’s patent is currently pending.
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Source: European Pharmaceutical Review