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

Article Link: https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/teen-makes-biodegradable-plastic-made-from-prawn-shells/

Discussion posted by: David McNamara

“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 com.au. The Adelaide inventor used the inspiration to create a bioplastic made from prawn shells that completely degrades within about 33 days in a landfill.