Biodegradable plastic made from 'tree glue' could be on shelves within five years

Lignin holds cellulose fibres together, stiffening plant stems, but can be turned into a strong, moldable plastic Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS

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Biodegradable plastic that can be tossed out with food scraps could be on the shelves within five years after scientists found an ingenious way to turn 'tree glue' into packaging.

Researchers at the University of Warwick have found that a natural glue called lignin, which holds cellulose fibres together, stiffening plant stems, can be turned into a strong, moldable plastic.

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Source: The Telegraph

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