Plastic-free and fantastic: Alternative packaging using algae, shellfish, milk protein and lasers

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End destinations!

Posted by Susan Jay,

Whilst it is to be commended that packaging companies are exploring alternatives to plastic I wonder how many are really thinking through what will happen to packaging materials at the point of disposal. How will the consumer decide how to dispose of these new materials, are they truly biodegradable and under what conditions? Should a algae based material be placed in a food caddy for disposal at an AD plant, or composted, where should it go (certainly not in the plastic recycling bin!). There is potential for these materials to be highly disruptive in the recycling chain and lead to unintended negative consequences.

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