Not Letting Shrimp Go To Waste

Courtesy of Material District.

University of Nottingham and Nile University bioengineers are studying how to use shrimp shells to make biodegradable shopping bags.

The material is made from chitosan, an artificial polymer made from the organic compound chitin, which is extracted from crustacean shells. Chitosan is biodegradable polymer that is antimicrobial, antibacterial, and biocompatible. In the project, the substance is used to create a nanocomposite material that is biodegradable, affordable, and suitable for shopping bags.

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