Aussie School Girl Invents Disappearing Plastic Safe For The Environment

By July 19, 2018

Angelina Arora, a 15-year-old school girl from Sydney Girls High School, has invented a new type of plastic that can disappear into nothing.

It's an alternative solution for plastic called "bioplastic" which is made from prawn shells and proteins of silk warm which breaks down to nothing.

The plastic completely degrades* leaving nothing harmful behind,” Angelina said.

This invention may not be a complete solution for plastic but it can be an alternative to keep using plastic bags and other plastic products without polluting.

Angelina first thought about inventing a new plastic began when she was asked to pay for a plastic bag in a shop. Her research on bioplastic took up to two years, using prawn shells and sticky protein from the silk of silkworms.

“I’m driven by wanting to help — whether it’s people, the environment or animals. It was amazing after months of research that I found a plastic that was suitable. I was always a curious child asking why things work and this developed into a love of science. I believe science is the key to all the worlds’ mysteries. I couldn’t imagine a future where it isn’t part of my life. I think I’d like to go into medicine as it is
all about helping people.”

Her invention couldn't come at a better time as on July 1, Queensland and Western Australia have banned single-use, lightweight plastic bags from major shops. ACT, South Australia and Tasmania have already banned these bags and Victoria is in the process of getting rid of them. NSW is the only state yet to ban the bags.

The Australian science community is excited about Angelina’s invention, awarding her a major national innovation* prize.

And when Angelina showed her creation to the rest of the world at the International Science and Engineering Fair in the US last weekend, she impressed there too, placing fourth in the Physical Sciences, Environmental Engineering category, as well as receiving a scholarship to study at Arizona University, in the US.

Angelina hopes her plastic could replace the current version to reduce the environmental impact* in a landfill* and the ocean.

Reference:
Coutts, Donna "A Teenager’s Invention Could Help Save The World From Plastic Pollution", Herald Sun, Kids News, May 8th 2018

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