Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Plastic, It's Prawn-Tastic. Umm, What?

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Plastic, It's Prawn-Tastic. Umm, What?

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Byline: plasticpiecesWITH DREW ROGERS wastefreefutures@gmail.com

PRAWNS. They're not the most appealing of nature's marvels to look at but they make up for it by being so damn delicious and contributing so much to the health of our oceans.

Last year though a scientific breakthrough could of very well have propelled them into the status of humble planetary saviour.

Perhaps ushering in 'the dawn of the prawn'.

Researchers at Harvard University's Wyss Institute have been able to produce a fully degradable bio plastic from 'chitin'.

Chitin is derived from prawn shells, is one of the most abundant organic materials on earth and degrades naturally within a matter of weeks leaving nothing but plant supporting nutrients.

However, due to its quick degradation there have been some concerns regarding longevity and stability.

But more good news is that researchers have countered this with the mixing in of waste products from wood processing to make the compound both durable and long-lasting enough for production needs. …

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