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December 29th, 2011

Bioplastic project uses organic waste

Abstract:
A European project led by the Cidetec-IK4 technological centre in Spain's Basque region is aiming to develop plastics using organic waste as a raw material.

The Eclipse project between 2012 and 2014 will use nanotechnology methods to develop bio-based plastics from waste sources such as banana plants, almond nut shells and crustacean shells.

Cidetec-IK4, based in San Sebastian, said the popularity of plastics like PLA made from maize has caused concern that agricultural land is being earmarked to growing vegetables for the production of biofuels and bioplastics. Using waste organic products does not compete with food crops, it said.

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