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Woman in Mexico Creates Plastic from Cactus that Biodegrades in a Month….

Author : Odisha Today Bureau | Posted on: 2019-06-25

Most bioplastics are made from corn, sugarcane or cassava, agricultural crops that all have a giant carbon footprint. They require tons of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, petroleum and farmland that could otherwise be used for growing food.

 

Luckily, some brilliant minds are coming up with lower impact alternatives.




A Mexican researcher has discovered a way to make plastic from cactus that biodegrades in a month and is safe to ingest.


 


Sandra Pascoe Ortiz, a chemical engineering professor at the University of the Valley of Atemajac, has come up with a new use for the prickly pear cactus - a staple in the country’s diet - using its juice as a base for biodegradable plastic. Her most recent samples are light green, paper thin and tough enough to be used as bags.


Pascoe Ortiz hopes the cactus-based plastic will help reduce the impact of solid waste in Mexico and around the world.


 


Her idea was to produce a plastic from natural ingredients and substtitute it for some of the plastics we use today. Her material takes about one month to biodegrade when left in soil and just a few days in water.

 

If this plastic reaches the sea, the most likely thing that would happen is that the fish or other sea life would eat it.




So how does she do it?

First cut the leaves then peel them out and make cactus juice than leave juice in fridge and add non-toxic formula than at last laminate and left it dry.



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