Scientists in Ukraine invent edible plastic bags
Ukrainian scientists have invented a plastic bag that is rapidly decomposing and can also be eaten.
Dr. Dimitru Bedeok and his colleagues discovered the substance of this cyst, as a byproduct, resulting from the combination of natural proteins and carbohydrates in their laboratory at the National Agricultural University in Sumy in northeastern Ukraine, according to the site “Depo sumi ” News.
They formed cups, drink pipettes and bags using seaweed and starch extracted from red algae.
These products can be used in lieu of their plastic counterparts, which take several hundred years to decompose.
“The main advantage of a cup of this type is that it is completely dissolved within 21 days,” Beduke told a Ukrainian television station.
The eco-friendly plastic bag disintegrates into the ground in just over a week, according to Bedeok.
He also explained that cups can be frozen or used in baking cakes, noting that the unique advantage of this material is that it is fit for human consumption.
Similar models of eco-friendly plastic bags have already been manufactured in India and Indonesia, which were transferable to cattle fodder, and a British company is developing edible water bottles. But Ukrainian innovation is the perfect picture of these products, he sees as Beduke.
“The colors used in the manufacture of bags and cups are derived from natural dietary pigments, and some flavored drink pipettes so that you can enjoy a drink of fruit juice and then take a bite of the pipette,” he explains.
It is reported that environmental activists in Ukraine are enthusiastic about the idea of replacing plastics with such biodegradable materials, especially since they have the properties of fertilizers, which means that landfill sites can be turned into planted areas. The activists urge the government to invest in these projects.
The Ukrainian team won the “Sustainability” award in the “World Cup of startups ” competition at the University of Copenhagen this month, and began negotiations with foreign partners to fund further research.