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UW researchers develop promising ‘bioplastic’ that can decompose like a banana peel

Lisa Stiffler of GeekWire reports on a bioplastic that is being developed at the University of Washington.

The C3 Take
  • The bioplastic is made from spirulina, an algae that is used in cosmetics and sequesters CO2 as it grows.
  • Not only is the bioplastic biodegradable, it is also fire resistant and durable enough to be used for long duration use.
  • While impressive, researchers still have to find a way to make it waterproof before it can be commercialized.
  • The UW research was supported by Meta and Microsoft who are both looking for ways to incorporate sustainable materials into their electronics.

“The material has a number of additional features. It’s easy to recycle into new items. It’s fire resistant and will self-extinguish and char when exposed to a flame. It’s machinable and potentially strong enough for use in longer-lasting products such as furniture.”

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