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Alternative plastics

Plastics have posed substantial environmental and human health risks, therefore their design, manufacturing and disposal should incorporate sustainability considerations. Now a study reports success in developing hydroplastics from renewable cellulosic biomass that can be shaped in water.

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Fig. 1: A comparison of processing between thermoplastics and hydroplastics.


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Yuan, L., Buzoglu Kurnaz, L. & Tang, C. Alternative plastics. Nat Sustain 4, 837–838 (2021).

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