Potato Plastics! Biodegradable Plastics from Potato Waste

03/11/2015 - 3 minutes

An Italian company specialized in the production of environmentally sustainable materials has created its Minverv PHAs. These are ‘green’ biopolymers with the same thermo-mechanical properties of the substances that make up the traditional plastics, but are instead 100% biodegradable.

logoThe goal was to create a plastic that does not pollute the environment and Bio-On, company from Bologna (Italy) is specialized in the production of eco-friendly materials. The idea behind this new innovative biopolymer is to recycle processed waste from agro-industrial producers, including excess potato plants. Minverv PHAs will be produced from 2017 by Bio-On in Minerbio, a small area near Bologna – where the first Italian plant dedicated to the development of sustainable biopolymer will be set.

The first known bioplastic, polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB), was discovered in 1926 by a French researcher, Maurice Lemoigne, from his work with the bacterium Bacillus megaterium. The modern result using an adapted form of this technique is Minverv PHAs (Polyhydroxyalkanoates developed using beets),

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