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Biodegradable Plastic in Ocean Water

Marine microorganisms found to feast on new polyurethane materials used in sustainable shoes

Polyurethane foams in seawater tank.
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Polyurethane foams biodegrade after one month in a seawater tank. Credit: Daniel Zhen, Algenesis Inc.

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Seeking solutions to counteract a rapid rise in plastic trash, scientists at UC San Diego have developed biodegradable material that is designed to replace conventionally used plastic. In a new study, an interdisciplinary team of researchers has shown that the material biodegrades in seawater.

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