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Swedish researcher makes bioplastic from fruit waste

Swedish researcher makes bioplastic from fruit waste

Written by David

March 18, 2019

Fruit waste could be used to create environmentally friendly packaging. File photo: Leif R Jansson / SCANPIX/TT Even disposable items can be environmentally friendly, as shown by research at the University of Borås into making bioplastic out of fruit waste. Researcher Veronika Bátori at the western Swedish university has made bioplastics using waste from apples and oranges, as part of her doctoral thesis. Bátori has done this using two methods. The first is by turning the waste into a liquid that dries into a thin film, which could be used as food packaging or to create rubbish bags as an alternative to using standard plastic for these purposes. The second method uses 3D-printing to create products from the waste. According to the researcher, the processes are “simple”, and the waste products from the two fruits behave slightly differently and can even be combined. READ ALSO: There are still some […]

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