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Algae-based alternative to single-use plastic

by Christine Golingho |

As we reach peak plastic waste, designers are increasingly seeking more sustainable material to develop products.

Chile-based designer Margarita Talep has created a sustainable, biodegradable alternative to single-use packaging, using raw material extracted from algae.

Algae bioplastic

Fruits and vegetable such as blueberries, beetroot, and carrot are used to make dyes to colour the material. The basic mixture is made up of a polymer, a plasticiser and an additive, with the amounts of each ingredient varying depending on the desired consistency of the final product.

Bioplastic algae plastic

 

Intended as a replacement for single-use or disposable plastics, Talep's algae packaging is designed to biodegrade in around two to three months, depending on the thickness of the material and the temperature of the soil.

This article first appeared in Deezen

 

 

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