How degrading? University of Minnesota experiments degradable plastics
The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis is reporting that its chemistry department and Center for Sustainable Polymers have created a line of degradable plastics made from polylactides. PLAs have been around for a while and have historically had some limitations. For example, PLA-dervice plastics can soften up a higher temperatures, which has made them tough to use for applications related to food or beverages. The university believes that its new approach, however, will make for more potential applications. One of the main ingredients for its new approach is soy oil.
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