Researcher Examines Polymers Created With Poultry Feathers

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Researcher Examines Polymers Created With Poultry Feathers A molded cup made from the feather polymer. (Credit: Courtesy of Dr. Justin Barone, Virginia Tech) ScienceDaily (Apr. 10, 2007) — Biodegradable polymers created from poultry feathers may add value to the poultry industry and help solve the growing environmental problem of plastic waste. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, more than 29 million tons of non-biodegradable plastic waste ends up in landfills each year. Justin Barone, associate professor of biological systems engineering at Virginia Tech, is investigating ways to create biodegradable plastics from agricultural byproducts such as poultry feathers and eggs that would be comparable to petroleum-based plastics. He presented the research at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in Chicago, Ill. "Twelve percent of all plastic packaging ends up in landfills because only a fraction is recycled," said Barone. "Once in the landfill, it doesn't biodegrade. The challenge is how
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course CELL 101 taught by Professor Burdsal during the Spring '08 term at Tulane.

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