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Scientists have an inkling squids could help cut plastic pollution

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A recently-discovered squid protein could be used to stop microplastic fibres leaking into the environment.

A review published in Frontiers in Chemistry, conducted by scientists at Penn State University in US, suggests material found in the ringed teeth of a squid’s arms can be processed into an abrasion-resistant coating that reduces microfibre erosion in washing machines.

The protein is also self-healing, so items of clothing can repair tiny abrasions and damage.

Materials made from this protein are eco-friendly and biodegradable, with sustainable and cost-effective large-scale production achieved using laboratory culture methods, rather than having to harvest it from living squids.

Lead Author Melik Demirel said: “Squid proteins can be used to produce next generation materials for an array of fields including energy and bio-medicine, as well as the security and defense sector.

“We reviewed the current knowledge on squid ring teeth-based materials, which are an excellent alternative to plastics because they are eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable.”

Article source: https://www.energylivenews.com/2019/02/22/scientists-have-an-inkling-squids-could-help-cut-plastic-pollution/

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