San Diego:  A new type of plastic that dissolves in the environment Scientists have developed a new type of plastic that will not break down into cancer-causing microplastics.

A new type of plastic that dissolves in the environment

A team of researchers from the University of California San Diego has developed a breakthrough in eco-friendly materials by creating a plant-based polymer, also known as bioplastic, utilizing algae. A new type of plastic that dissolves in the environment. This innovative material decomposes a remarkable 97 percent within a mere 200 days when buried in the ground. In stark contrast, conventional plastics typically only degrade by 35 percent over such an extended period.

Microplastics, minuscule particles of everyday plastic, pose significant environmental and health concerns as they find their way into our bodies, taking anywhere from 100 to 1000 years to disintegrate fully. “We are just scratching the surface of understanding the repercussions of microplastics,” remarked study co-author Michael Burkhart. Scientists are actively seeking alternatives to existing materials, emphasizing the importance of ensuring that these alternatives decompose rather than persisting in the environment.

The prevalence and persistence of microplastics have garnered widespread attention, with these tiny particles being discovered in diverse locations worldwide, from the deepest recesses of the Mariana Trench to the towering heights of Mount Everest.

In a bid to further utilize this groundbreaking bioplastic, the research team has forged a partnership with engineers to produce mobile phone cases using this sustainable material, expanding its potential applications and contributing to the reduction of plastic waste.

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