Scientists in Singapore have developed a biodegradable plastic derived from marine organisms such as squid, mussels or snails, which could work similarly or better than petroleum.
This study, conducted by Nanyang Technological University (NTU), which is ranked among the top 41 universities in the world, and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (AxSTAR) of the city-state, seeks to accelerate the “understanding of the design with nature” in nature finding materials that are more beneficial than current plastics.
According to the scientific team, new biomaterials offer a greener alternative to products made from petroleum.
The publication in the journal “Nature Biotechnology”, indicates that the creation of this material flexible tooth born from squid, mussels derived glue or an elastic material from the marine snail eggs. The product can be used as packaging, glue and even organic implants.