Seaweed-Based Bioplastics from Red Algae🦠🔬🧫

A breakthrough in the plastic industry has been made by NIOT (National Institute of Ocean Technology) by developing a bio-plastic film from macroalgae & PEG-3000. This innovation will potentially scale down the consumption of plastics that are non-biodegradable.

These bioplastic films disintegrate in the environment safely without any traces of toxins. Both the mechanical & physical properties of bioplastic film exhibit a matching level with the properties of synthetic plastics.

Red algae (Kappaphycus alvarezii) is a macroalga proven to be a significant commercial source of many commodities and carrageenan that have extensive industrial uses. These algae are extremely colloidal and can be easily and cheaply cultivated in a short period of time (about 45 days) with sunlight alone and no chemicals or freshwater.

Despite this, they are a potential source of polymers like the polymers from land-based plants that are utilized to produce carry bags and food packaging materials which enables permeability of moisture and oxygen.

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