Mexican researcher creates biodegradable plastic from cactus that is safe to ingest

This uplifting news comes to us from Mexico.

Sandra Pascoe Ortiz is a chemical engineering professor at the University of the Valley of Atemajac. She has come up with a way to turn prickly pear cactus which is a staple of her country’s diet and uses its juice as a base for biodegradable plastic.

The samples she has are light green in color. They are paper thin and good enough to be used as bags. Pascoe Ortiz has the hope that this cactus based plastic will help to reduce the impact of solid waste all around the world. We certainly hope that she succeeds in her endeavor.

Image Source: Periodico De Izcalli

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