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Could plants be the final straw for plastic?

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By ITN News Editor October 12, 2018 13:48

Could plants be the final straw for plastic?

A plastic-free drinking straw made entirely from natural materials could help fight environmental and ocean pollution. 100% Plants, founded in Taiwan last year by material scientist Huang Chien-chung, has succeeded in producing a temperature and pressure resistant drinking straw made from plant fibres, just at a time when people around the world are looking for alternative, environmentally friendly products. The company says their straws are fully compostable, biodegrading completely within six months under normal conditions when covered in soil. One of the biggest obstacles to scalable production is the plant-based material’s low predictability during production as its molecular structure is less stable than normal plastic, causing straws to break more easily in the production line.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor October 12, 2018 13:48
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