by Green Plastics
On this website, we have talked about innovations in using bioplastic from a wide variety of sources, ranging from corn to algae to crab shells and cow brains and beyond.
It looks like there is a new type of bioplastic you may want to keep an eye out for: blood-based bioplastic.
A recent invention from WaikatoLink, the “Novatein” bioplastic is made from “low value animal protein sources”, like the blood that is drained and discarded from slaughtered animals. Sure, it might not make the vegetarians happy; however, currently the protein in this material is usually wasted: discarded as a by-product of the red meat industry. Instead of letting this resource go to waste… why not make it into plastic?