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NZ Researchers 'Magically' Transform A Kiwifruit into 100 Bioplastic Utensils!

by Tanya Thomas on September 5, 2010 at 12:52 PM
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 NZ Researchers 'Magically' Transform A Kiwifruit into 100 Bioplastic Utensils!

Call it magic or what you will - but New Zealand researchers have performed some feat by converting one kiwifruit into 100 plastic spoons and sewage into electricity.

Scion, a Crown research institute in Rotorua, has developed technology to turn organic materials and waste into compostable bioplastics such as spoons and knifes, called "spifes".

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"We do a 'reactive transformation' - that sounds pretty magical, doesn't it? We're checking whether we can get a patent," The New Zealand Herald quoted Martin Markotsis as saying.

"If we say too much, we can't patent it," Markotsis added.

A pilot plant will be built by the beginning of next year, turning biosolid waste headed for landfill into industrial chemicals and energy-rich gases such as methane. Heat and gases released by the process will generate electricity to help power the plant.
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More than 20 tonnes of sludge pouring into landfill every day will be diverted, saving up to 900,000 dollars a year in costs.

Another innovation at the research centre is the "biopeg", tent pegs that can be left in the ground to eventually decompose into the soil.

Source: ANI
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