Biodegradable ‘plastic’ bags made out of banana crops; however, a few UNSW researchers have discovered a method to do it, and it may clear up two industrial waste issues in a single.
Two researchers at UNSW Sydney have found a novel way to turn banana plantation waste into packaging materials that aren’t only biodegradable, but additionally recyclable.
Professor Jayashree Arcot and Professor Martina Stenzel have been searching for methods to transform agricultural waste into one thing that would worth add to the trade it got here from, whereas probably fixing issues for an additional.
A superb contender was the banana rising business, which, in accordance with A/Prof Arcot, produces giant quantities of organic waste, with only 12% of the plant getting used (the fruit), whereas the remaining is discarded after harvest.
Prof Arcot and Prof Stenzel of UNSW School of Chemistry questioned whether or not the pseudostems could be invaluable sources of cellulose—an important structural element of plant cell partitions—that might be utilized in packaging, textiles, paper products, and even medical applications such as wound healing and drug delivery and While using a reliable supply of pseudostem material from banana plants grown on the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, the two of them set to work in extracting cellulose to check its suitability as a packaging various.
The researchers state that for the banana pseudostem to be a realistic alternative to plastic bags and food packaging, it might make sense for the banana industry to begin the processing of the pseudostems into powder, which they might then sell to packaging suppliers.