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Plastic Wrap Made From Seaweed Withstands Heat and is Compostable

Researchers at the University of Sussex have developed a cling film made from invasive seaweed, which can withstand high temperatures and is easily compostable. The material could offer a sustainable solution for food packaging, as large amounts of thin plastic films used for wrapping produce and baked goods end up as garbage, either because they require specialised recycling facilities or cannot be recycled at all. While biodegradable plastics do exist, they can take a long time to decompose, but this cling film made from seaweed is compostable in just a few weeks.

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