The world is littered with plastic that is heavily affecting the ecosystem. One of the biggest problems of plastic is that it can take up to 1000 years to decompose (10-20 for plastic bags and up to 450 for plastic bottles).
Therefore, finding a solution for replacing plastic in its various application is very important for the environment.
17-year-old Angelina Arora managed to produce compostable plastic using prawn shells. The good news is that the plastic can decompose within just 33 days. The invention allowed her to win the prestigious BHP Science and Engineering AwardAustralia. In addition, she was also named the Australian Geographic Society’s Young Conservationist of the Year.
Angelina is getting close to acquiring the patent and after she prepared the final prototype to be able to sell the plastic for commercial distribution following the interest of many companies. In fact, “her plastic” is not only biodegradable, but it is also rather durable a cheap to produce. It has been created by mixing a protein from a silk cocoon and an element from prawn shells.
Angelina participated in a TED talk already last year while developing the product. No bad for a teenager!
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