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Leftover lobster shells present plastic alternative

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By ITN News Editor April 3, 2019 12:49

Leftover lobster shells present plastic alternative

The sight of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans is all too familiar. But now the ocean is fighting back. Shellfish, such as lobsters, could offer a solution to the scourge of single-use plastic thanks to a bio-polymer in their shells called chitin. London-based startup The Shellworks is developing a method to transform the chitin from the shells of lobsters and other crustaceans normally destined for the rubbish tip into a novel bioplastic that’s both biodegradable and recyclable. The shells are first pulverised in a blender before being broken down further in various solutions to extract the chitin. One of their experiments includes using a heated mould that’s dipped into the gooey chitin mixture to make plant pots.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor April 3, 2019 12:49