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Canadians synthesize plastic from beef byproducts

17/08/2011


David Bressler, an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta, Canada, has collaborated with industry, government and other researchers to forge waste cattle proteins into heavy-duty plastics “that could soon be used in everything from car parts to CD cases.”
The raw materials are discarded parts of carcasses that were sidelined from beef production after bovine spongiform encephalopathy devastated the industry in 2003. By finding a way to convert these animal byproducts into plastics for industrial use, Bressler and his team hope to divert tonnes of protein waste from landfills across North America, shift to using renewable resources instead of petrochemicals to make plastics, and boost flagging profits in the cattle industry.

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