The Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru (IISc) has discovered a means to create a single-use plastic substitute (SUP)
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♦ According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) report 2018-19, India created 3.3 million metric tonnes of plastic garbage in 2018-19.
♦ Researchers used non-edible oil and cellulose derived from agricultural stubble to create polymers.
♦ These polymers can be formed into sheets that can be used to make bags, cutlery, or containers.
♦ The resulting material is biodegradable, waterproof, and non-toxic.