According to this video, "We produce 300 million tons of plastic per year, and recycle only three percent." These shocking numbers, and the resulting problems they cause, are what ultimately led researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering to look for a solution. As a result, they have recently identified a new bioplastic that comes from shrimp shells, of all places. Shrilk, as it's being called, is made from chitosan, a form of chitin, which is an organic material found in these shells. And not only is shrilk abundant and sustainable, the final product is biodegradable. Within a few weeks of being tossed out, the material breaks down into a nutrient-rich fertilizer that helps with plant growth. Amazing.
Watch this video to learn more about this breakthrough product, then imagine what the cell phones, computers and manufactured packaging of the future might look like. And then, imagine what our oceans and landfills will look like, too.
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