Canadian professor uses infected beef parts to create plastic
A short while ago, the Canadian beef industry was struck with the deadly mad cow disease, contaminating meat due to which, beef parts were thrown away and ended up in landfills by the ton. David Bressler, an associate professor with the institution’s Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science however is busy working on creating plastics from these waste parts of beef to keep them out of landfills. The process Bressler has been working on uses proteins from cow parts that are broken down under high temperatures and made to re-link with other molecules to create plastic!
Currently being developed at the University of Alberta, the plastic will need to undergo a bunch of regulatory tests, though Bressler hopes for the same to be used by the automobile industry in the next 12 months.