This New Biodegradable Plastic Wrap Keeps Food Fresh Twice as Long

This New Biodegradable Plastic Wrap Keeps Food Fresh Twice as Long

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Kaitlin Flannery
Apr 25, 2016

Using plastic wrap in the kitchen is certainly convenient, but it's not exactly great for the environment. Thankfully, a brilliant team from The National University of Singapore has created a substitute that everyone can feel good about using.

The two-person team discovered that chitosan, a polymer extracted from the shells of crustaceans, can be combined with grapefruit seed extract to create a material that looks just like plastic wrap — but is better in every way.

On top of being biodegradable, the futuristic wrap has antimicrobrial, antifungal, antiseptic, germicidal, antibacterial, fungicidal, and antiviral properties. Beyond that, it blocks UV light and, according to Futurity, was even found to keep food fresh for twice as long as normal plastic wrap.

The team is currently estimating that their product should hit store shelves somewhere within three to five years. Personally, I'm excited to swap out my plastic wrap for this stuff! It's going to be a long wait, but I think this environmentally friendly product has the potential to completely change the food-saving industry.

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