Transforming seawater into bioplastics

New products are continuously introduced in the world of bioplastics. Recently, a researcher from Tel Aviv University (TAU) developed a new type of biodegradable polymer made from microorganisms in the sea through an eco-friendly process.

As part of the development, microorganisms living in saltwater are fed marine algae to produce a raw material that is used to make a new polymer called Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), which is biodegradable and recyclable.

The main purpose of this research is not only developing a type of biodegradable plastic, but also producing this raw material from seawater. Given its abundance as a natural resource, this development is the perfect option for countries with the right geographic environments.