Equipment/Technology, Europe, UK, Ireland

Eco-friendly plastic made from potato starch

Tons of plastic waste pollutes our environment every year and single-use plastic or disposable is a major contributor to the problem. In order to solve this big problem a Swedish student has come up with “Potato Plastic”, an environmentally-friendly alternative to the use of disposable plastic in the fast-food industry.

Starch-based plastic represents a good alternative to the usual plastic. Among the different types of starch, the young Swedish student Pontus Törnqvist researched the potato starch. His invention is a candidate for the prestigious James Dyson award.

As the student himself recounts, “I was interested in finding solutions for the post-use life of disposable plastic materials. The starting point was the discrepancy between the time people use plastic objects (20 minutes) and the time they remain in the environment (450 years).

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