Plastic pollution has become no less than an epidemic across the globe and when we are not able to reuse the plastic, we can at least try to refuse it. But, we can put all our negative thoughts to rest as for the first time in India, IIT-Guwahati scientists have developed biodegradable plastic using homegrown technology. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) report 2013, 70 percent of total plastic consumption in India is discarded as waste. Around 5.6 million tonnes per annum (TPA) of plastic waste is generated in the country, which is about 15,342 tonnes per day (TPD).The innovation will help in solid waste management in the country where rising pollution levels have become a serious threat.
The biodegradable plastic has been developed by IIT-G’s Centre of Excellence-Sustainable Polymers (CoE-SusPol), which is funded by the department of chemicals and petrochemicals under Union ministry of chemicals and fertilizers. The center has already developed kitchen cutlery, household furniture and decorative items including flower pots and toys using this non-biodegradable plastic variant.
Pic courtesy: The Logical Indian
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