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Mexico's prickly cactus plant, a solution for plastics problem?

A packaging material that is made from the plant has been developed by a Mexican researcher and is offering a promising solution to one of the world’s biggest pollution conundrums.

“The pulp is strained to obtain a juice that I then use,” said Sandra Pascoe, who developed the product and works at the Atemajac Valley University in the western city of Guadalajara.

That substance is then mixed with non-toxic additives and stretched to produce sheets that are coloured with pigments and folded to form different types of packaging.

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Printable version | Jul 8, 2020 4:36:51 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/mexicos-prickly-cactus-plant-a-solution-for-plastics-problem/article28891045.ece

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