For many years, scientists have been looking for a “green” alternative to plastic, so that it is as strong and resistant to atmospheric influences, acids, alkalis and other substances. This time, a group of Swiss scientists proposed to make biodegradable plastic, which replaces PET, from plant waste. The researchers themselves describe their method as simple and cheap — essentially, they simply “cook” wood or other inedible plant materials, such as agricultural waste, in inexpensive chemicals. Thanks to the lignin contained in the biomass, the new type of ecoplastic is very strong. Such material can be heated up to + 100 °C, it does not pass oxygen and steam. Ecoplastics from plants could potentially find a wide range of applications, from packaging and textiles to medicine and electronics, according to researchers. The team has already developed packaging film, fibers that can be spun into clothes or other textiles, and filaments for 3D printing

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