Plastic from beef waste

Before I go home and prepare for Hurricane Irene, let me post this interesting news from the University of Alberta in Canada about their development of bioplatic using waste beef carcasses.

The researchers said they are hoping to divert tonnes of protein waste from landfills across North America as well as boost flagging profit levels in the cattle industry with this development.

The new plastics are currently being tested by The Woodbridge group, a car parts manufacturer. Current funding is focused on research that further experiments with the product, to see if the plastics can be mixed with renewable fibres such as hemp. If successful, the resulting bio-composite material could be used in high-strength materials such as building structural supports.

The researchers filed a patent on the thermal process used to turn protein from bovine byproducts into plastics.

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