Mushroom burial suits, fish gut bioplastic, algae foam bags, power generated from human sweat, castor oil polyamides, and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of May15th

May 14, 2019 |

#2 Fish-gut bioplastic under development in Newfoundland

In Newfoundland, graduate chemistry student Courtney Laprise has developed a process to turn fish guts into plastic. Laprise tells CTV that oil from fish waste, including heads and intestines, can be biologically treated and then cured to produce a plastic with potential for use as films or in adhesives. The final product is also odor-free.

Her work at St. John’s has already attracted attention from several companies, while Laprise says she is testing the material’s biodegradability. “Whether it degrades into toxic materials,” she said. “If it just gets thrown in the landfill, will it degrade?”

Similar projects are already underway worldwide. Iceland’s Atlantic Leather, for example, produces leather from the skins of salmon, perch, cod and wolfish.
More on the story, here.

2 of 10
Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Category: Top Stories

Thank you for visting the Digest.