This New Plastic Disappears When You Don't Need It Anymore

Our reliance on plastic has become a huge problem, which is why researchers are excited about a new type of material  - one that comes with built-in biodegrading capabilities, due to the bacterial spores living inside it.

The world's truly first biodegradable and compostable plastic

U.S scientists claim to have developed a new plastic that can degrade by up to 98% in household compost in just few days, simply by adding heat and water. 

'Biodegradable' plastic bags survive three years in soil

Five plastic bag materials found in UK shops were tested. After more than three years in soil or sea, three of the materials, including biodegradable bags, were still intact.

Sustainable 'plastics' are on the horizon

Tel Aviv University study describes a process to make bioplastic polymers that don't require land or fresh water. The new process produces 'plastic' from marine microorganisms that completely recycle into organic waste.

New 3D-printed algae could revolutionize the way we make things

Dutch designers have created a bioplastic made from algae that can be 3D printed into virtually any product, creating a system that has the potential to completely replace synthetic plastics.

A French engineer has created a biodegradable plastic

After years of creating bottles for major companies, a French entrepreneur turned his hand to developing the "Vegan Bottle." In contrast, to plastics based on petrochemicals, the bottle is 100 percent biodegradable.

Technique Makes Biodegradable Plastic Production Easier than Ever

A new study found that a simple heat treatment could improve a biodegradable plastic’s properties and at the same time, could make its industrial-scale production possible.

This Caterpillar Could Aid in Ridding the World of Plastic Waste

A chance observation by a researcher in Spain could help humans reduce the ecological damage caused by polyethylene-based packaging.

A step toward biodegradable plastics

Chemists discover structure of bacterial enzyme that generates useful polymers.