You use this item only once — okay, maybe twice — but it lingers in landfills, pollutes the oceans, and takes centuries to disappear.
We’re talking about single-use plastics. These disposable items on the planet, one plastic spork at a time.
But scientists are proposing a new solution to the single-use plastics problem. A published Thursday in the journal Nature Communications reveals a newly created material that mimics the properties of spider silk. This energy-efficient alternative is compostable and just a strong as traditional plastic.
It’s also just one on a laundry list of other innovative, sustainable, plant-based materials scientists hope can solve the plastic problem. Other potential replacements include:
- Edible plant packaging
- Next-gen biodegradable plastics
- Nanofibers from coffee grounds
- Mushroom tissue