A new research found a substitute for the petroleum based plastic with bio-degradable one.
A study published in the ‘Journal of Polymers’ shown that combining natural rubber with bioplastic in a noval way results in the formation of a stronger replacement for plastic.
The new product has already met all the standards to beat the petroleum-based products although the successful implementation still needs a long way to go.
“Previous attempts at this combination were unsuccessful because the softness of the rubber meant the product lost a lot of strength in the process,”said lead author Xiaoying Zhao.
The new study includes melting rubber into a plant-based thermoplastic called PHBV along with organic peroxide and another additive called trimethylpropane triacrylate.
The researchers throughout their study gave emphasis to main environmental problems,sustainable and relatively cheap plastic out of natural resources and tackling the issue of pollution by petroleum byproduct.
The bioplastics can be thus helpful to potentially use in food-related applications like utensils and cutting boards.