A collaboration between Russian and Italian researchers is working on a new biodegradable polymer film that could potentially offer an environmentally friendly alternative to current films. Using a material called polyhydroxybutyrate, this new experimental film can break down over a time period of one month to one year. The material is already found naturally, so there’s already some precedent for the material degrading in a natural ecosystem. A key part to this material is the permeability, which allows it to properly protect food and helps it to degrade later on. While there’s still work to be done on this project, the early results suggest that polyhydroxybutyrate would be good for plastic films.
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