Harvard researchers have created a new type of manufacturing material that serves as a sustainable alternative.

Just say the word “plastic” and it can set off the eco-conscious alarm bells in anyone’s head. After all, plastics make up an alarming percentage of the world’s wastes and plastics that end up in landfills take thousands of years to degrade, not to mention the amount of plastic that end up in the world’s oceans and become a constant threat to marine life.

To help solve these problems, bioplastics were developed as an alternative. Bioplastics are made from cellulose, a plant-based polysaccharide, but still do not fully degrade in the environment and have limited uses.

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