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Florida State University Researchers Discover Sap-Based Plastic, Considered as Future of Sustainable Materials

Florida State University Researchers Discover Sap-Based Plastic, Considered as Future of Sustainable Materials
The Siliconreview
18 October, 2021

Florida State University researchers have discovered a brand new type of plastic obtained from the sap of pine trees

Researchers at Florida State University are working on single-use plastics that are made from pine sap. This can change the way how the world sees single-use plastic and enhance environmental sustainability. The researchers have discovered a brand new type of plastic that is obtained from the sap of pine trees.

Florida State University research team is led by Justin Kennemur, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He stated that this project would open new gates to discover brand-new, environmentally sustainable materials. The pine tree sap from which the plastic is obtained is single-use plastic, and it does not harm the tree when extracted and is completely renewable.

The research team has acknowledged the drastic effects plastic has on our planet and is committed to contributing to saving the Earth from plastic. Researchers will be working on the molecule primarily found in the pine sap named alpha-pinene; they will convert this into a compound called delta-pinene, making it easy to convert the sap to plastic.