Turning shrimp shells into plastic

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Harvard researchers have found a way to isolate fully degradable plastic from shrimp shells. To demonstrate how hardy yet pliable their new bioplastic is, they molded it into a series of chess pieces; and then to show how it can encourage plant growth after it breaks down, they grew some peas in it…

The work was published in Macromolecular Materials & Engineering in March.

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