Prawns into Plastic: Ingenious Australian Teen Turns Shrimp Shells into Biodegradable Plastic Wrap

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“Prawn shells look like plastic,” pondered this Australian teen after dinner one night. It had been a long, hard day of researching and trying to come up with biodegradable alternatives to plastic—including a banana peel solution and corn starch that didn’t pan out. “That was when I realized that that dinner could have been my Eureka moment,” Angelina Arora told news The Adelaide inventor used the inspiration to create a bioplastic made from prawn shells that completely degrades within about 33 days in a landfill.