Eco-friendly Plastics Made From Sugars Boast “Unprecedented” Properties
The search for sustainable alternatives to common plastics has researchers investigating how their building blocks can be sourced from places other than petroleum

The team has produced a new form of plastic with “unprecedented” mechanical properties that are maintained throughout standard recycling processes, and managed to do so using sugar-derived materials as the starting point. The breakthrough comes from scientists at the University of Birmingham in the UK and Duke University in the US, who in their pursuit of more sustainable plastics turned to sugar alcohols.

These organic compounds carry a similar chemical structure to the sugars they’re derived from, which the scientists found can bring some unique benefits to the production of plastic.

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