Agro-waste to be turned into biodegradable plastic

Cocoa, rice and vegetable waste could soon be turned into environmentally-friendly plastic.

American Chemical Society scientists mixed an organic acid found in plants with parsley and spinach stems, rice husks and cocoa pods to produce traits similar to those found in commercial plastics.

The research, which was published in the journal Macromolecules, has opened up the way to replace synthetic plastics, which are not renewable and release toxic components potentially harmful to human and environmental health.

Read more at American Chemical Society