A new sugar-based polymer could be used to make common food containers compostable at home right alongside your potato peels and egg shells.
A team of engineers and scientists at the Imperial College London led by Charlotte Williams in partnership with BioCeramic Therapeutics have created a degradable material from sugars derived from the breakdown of lignocellulosic biomass.
Williams noted in the group's announcement that while they're not the first to come up with a "biorenewable plastic," many of those have previously been made from sugar beet- or corn-based biomass.
It's a fairly accurate estimate.
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