Biodegradable Plastic Based On Spider Silk

Scientists from Aalto University and the VTT Technical Research Center of Finland have developed a biodegradable replacement for plastic. The material described as “very firm and resilient” is made from combining wood cellulose fibers and a silk protein found within a spider’s web.

This new plastic has potential in medical applications, surgical fibers, textile industry and packaging. The teams next step are to make new composite materials as implants and create impact-resistant objects.

 

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