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Biodegradable, compostable polymer films show promise for developing more eco-friendly packaging materials

German researchers recently unveiled the latest class of bioplastics that will help reduce the veritable mountains of plastic packaging waste. An Alpha Galileo article stated that the new biodegradable polymers would be durable enough to protect food and other products from the elements, while also being biodegradable in compost conditions.  The new plastics are called bioORMOCERs. Developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC (Fraunhofer ISC), they are refined versions of the earlier ORMOCER class. They are barrier films made from organic materials that can be degraded by natural processes like sunlight and bacteria.  Read more...

 

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