Plastic has been named on of the highest pollutant and contaminant in the world. Numerous solutions have been suggested to ensure the impact of plastic is reduced.
The solution lies in the use of biodegradable plastic as demonstrated by Mexican scientists. According to the recent research, the Mexican scientist has been able to make biodegradable plastic from the desert growing cactus plant.
The researchers, from the University of Valle de Atemajac in Zapopan, Mexico, have created a material that degrades within 30 days of sitting in soil.
How is the Biodegradable plastic made?
The polymer is derived from the Nopal cactus, whose chemical composition enables it to be converted into biodegradable plastic. Furthermore, not only is the polymer biodegradable, it is also nontoxic.
The polymer can dissolve in water without affecting any other creatures or contaminating the water.
However, the project , at the writing of this article, is limited to the laboratory trials. If successful ,the project could rid the oceans of the millions of tonnes of plastic.