Turkish Teenager Invents Banana Peel-Based Bioplastic

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Due to increasing concern with regard to the environmental pollution caused by the manufacture and discarded waste of petroleum-based plastics, in recent years, much research has been conducted on bioplastics. Bioplastics are made from renewable biomass materials, which decompose without polluting the Earth.

The idea of bioplastics captured the imagination of Turkish teen Elif Bilgin, 16, of Istanbul. This smart, resourceful young woman spent two years experimenting with banana peels as a primary ingredient of bioplastic. Her hard work and perseverance paid off, as seen in this video. Bilgin won the 2013 $50,000 Science in Action award in the Google Science Fair. Via Viral Viral Videos.

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