Biologists have figured out how to turn waste from cotton production into biodegradable plastic

In the production of clothing and other products, cotton fibers are separated from theseeds and skinners — as a result

A lot of fluff is produced, most of which is burned or thrown away. According to scientists, we are talking about 9.6 million tons every year.

Researchers have found a way to reduce waste from cotton production and provide farmers with the opportunity to earn extra money by making biodegradable plastic.

The method of scientists involves the use of inexpensiveand environmentally friendly chemicals for dissolving cotton fibers, seeds and stalks. The resulting liquid organic polymer is then used to create a plastic film that, after use, quickly decomposes in the soil and does not harm it.

Bioplastic can decompose and turn intosoil, which will then be used for growing cotton. Processing cotton will create a cycle that does not harm the environment and will provide people with raw materials for the production of clothing and plastic packaging.

Maryam Naweb, lead author

Earlier, biologists from the University of Victoria found outthat each person on average eats, inhales and drinks up to 210 thousand particles of microplastic per year. Particles enter the body mainly from fresh water, air, as well as fish and seafood.