The biotech revolution: "vegan spider silk" alternative to single-use plastics, plastic packaging into vanilla flavouring using heated bacteria, ocean plastic credit cards for green spending

More on ocean plastic credit cards for green spending, plastic packaging into vanilla flavouring using heated bacteria, and "vegan spider silk" alternative to single-use plastics.

👉 A polymer film was created by mimicking the properties of spider silk, one of the strongest materials in nature, and will be commercialised by Xampla, a University of Cambridge spin-out company developing replacements for single-use plastic and microplastics.

A range of single-use sachets and capsules is planned for later this year, which can replace the plastic used in everyday products such as dishwasher tablets and laundry detergent capsules.

👉 Another team of researchers at Berkeley claimed to have created the world’s first biodegradable and compostable plastic, that can degrade by up to 98% in household compost in just a few days, simply by adding heat and water.

👉 Plastic from bottles and food packaging can be converted into vanilla flavouring using heated bacteria, a new study reveals, as plastic-made vanillin could be used to create food flavouring, cosmetic products, herbicides, antifoaming agents and cleaning products.

👉 A credit card made of recycled ocean plastic that funds reforestation and tells you your carbon footprint by Tred aims to “bring together currently fragmented ‘green money’ options” to make it easier for people to help tackle the climate emergency.

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