Ayotoluwafunmi Ogunwusi | May 24th, 2019
Plastic have been known to have a severely dangerous effect on our environment. Countries like the UK, Germany, France and now Tanzania have been involved in reducing the use of plastic bags within their countries, so that they could affect their environment in a positive way.
Ohio State university, has done some research that found that combining natural rubber with bio-plastic in a novel way results in a much stronger replacement for plastic. Plastics are typically 90 percent petroleum based, and therefore not environmentally friendly.
In a new study published by polymers, it involved melting rubber into a plant-based thermoplastic called PHBV. This has proven to be very costly, but may prove necessary in the near future as we slowly move out of using plastic bags.
The end product, of melting rubber and combining it with a bio-plastic, was 75 percent increase in toughness and 100 percent more flexibility than PHBV. Increasing the toughness of this material will go a long way into helping the food packaging industry.
A bioplastic alone isn’t strong enough to do the necessary work needed for the meat packaging industry.
This new plastic will be plant based and more helpful to our environment. Saving our environment can help impact change in the climate. Research is still ongoing and scientists are working hard to help reduce the use of plastic.