Plastic is one of the most environmentally unfriendly materials, because it takes so long for this plastic to completely break down naturally.
Plastic materials are not stored for long when compared to metals. They are easy and often thrown away when they are not used anymore.
Much effort has been made to reduce plastic waste to find ways to destroy plastic faster.
Reported by detikINET from Ubergizmo the good news is that Singapore researchers at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have found a possible alternative to plastic substitutes using shells and fruits.
This arises when researchers try to make chitin, a food thickener or stabilizer and also those used in antimicrobial food packaging.
“A large amount of shrimp waste has sparked industrial interest because it is an abundant source of chitin. However, there are problems in extraction methods that are unsustainable and dangerous for the environment,” said Professor William Chen, Chief Researcher.
“Our new method of taking crustacean waste and waste waste and using a natural fermentation process to extract chitin. This is not only cost-effective, but also environmentally friendly and sustainable, and helps reduce overall waste.” he added.
In addition to potentially creating alternatives to plastic, the researchers found that chitin, when undergoing further stages of fermentation, can also be used as plant fertilizer and also as a controlled drug delivery system in pharmaceutical treatment.