Are you aware that plastic takes about 400 years to decompose? Yes, we are basically screwing up the planet by making use of plastic. Many of us make use of tons of plastic in the kitchen; food packaging and wraps. They all end up as plastic waste that is polluting the Earth. Like we’ve been stressing on for quite some time, climate change is taking place and it is important that we take remedial measures and protect Earth.
Enter Nanotechnology Laboratory of the Brazilian Corporation of Agricultural Research where a team of Brazilian researchers have created an edible plastic film in an effort to preserve natural resources and to reduce our dependency on plastic. The film can be created from various kinds of food such as fruit, vegetables and even spices.
The raw materials that the team used included beets, passion fruit, papaya, guava, tomatoes and spinach. This approach also helps in reducing the food waste by making use of overly ripe produce that would end up in the trash otherwise. The edible plastic film features the flexibility of synthetic plastic along with the produce’s nutritional properties.
The edible plastic films is capable of preserving food for twice the time that conventional plastic can and is also 3x more resilient. The plastic film is biodegradable and edible. It decomposes within 3 months and can be utilized as fertilizer after that as well. Talk about usage and versatility.