Squids could be the alternative to plastic

The problem of plastic in the world is getting worse. It is a resource that, since it is not biodegradable, pollutes enormously. At this time there are plastic objects in the sea, whose age exceeds one hundred years. Objects that can have more centuries of life.

Plastic, which is one of the petroleum derivatives, which has more use globally. To create kitchen products, containers and clothing, among others, plastic is used. That is why its large-scale use has so much impact. But despite the great efforts to recycle them, the volume of plastic that becomes trash is very high.

That is a problem that may be about to be ruled out in the history of mankind. Or so will, if use intensifies Squid Ring Teeth (SRT) from squids . As the name implies, the SRT is the ring of teeth that the squid possesses at the same base of its tentacles.

An alternative that will define the future (or extinction) of plastic

This SRT is characterized by containing a protein that is referred to as squitex . Said protein can be transformed into fiber by a chemical process. Said fiber could be used for the manufacture of materials whose resistance would be identical to that offered by the plastic.

In this way, squid can become the alternative to begin to diminish the effect of plastic in the world. Since precisely, this new material, having fiber properties would have a biodegradable molecular density. This study on squid and its alternative to eradicate plastic was carried out by Melick Demirel.

In his study, which was published in Frontiers in Chemistry , Demirel states that the protein extracted from the SRT has more advanced biopolymers than the existing synthetic polymers in plastic.

More about the protein present in the SRT

The other interesting fact derived from the protein and fiber of the SRT is that its resistance is much more advanced. So that issues such as abrasion, or the same erosion of the fabric, are kept aside . This would impact that the release of microfibers would be avoided as much as possible. Something that does happen with traditional microplastics .

The most interesting thing is that in the long term squid would not suffer much damage. It is a protein that can be renewable. It is important to make it clear that this alternative to plastic can be extracted using oxygen, water and sugar.

Will this be the beginning of a new era? Will squid be the most fantastic alternative to reduce the consumption of traditional plastic in the world? We hope it is.

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