Natural Plastic from Shrimp Shells?

Did you know that about two-thirds of global packaging is used in the food industry? A lot of that packaging isn’t biodegradable, but if researchers in the European Union have their way more packaging could be biodegradable thanks to shrimp. Yes, shrimp. Chitin and chitosan from shrimp shells are being researched and turned into bio-based fibers that can then be used to create biodegradable packaging. So, in the future, food items might just be a little more earth-friendly with containers not ending up in landfills for generations to come. Perhaps there would be other applications too for these bio-based fibers?

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