Pakistani scientist creates bio-plastic with mango kernel
The professor said that Pakistan has plenty of skilled workers whose energies need to be channelised properly.
Dr Anjum Nawab, a Pakistani scientist serving as assistant professor in Karachi University, on Monday claimed to have made bio-plastic with mango kernel. It is easily dissoluble and has no threat to the environment, aquatic life and plants.
Talking to a private news channel, she said: "Pakistan is known for ample production of mango in the world so I chose mangoes' waste to form bio-plastic bag in my PhD studies," she said.
She said the bio-plastic could be used to make shopping bags, adding that it could be melted in the ground just like fruits waste and could be liquified under hot water.
Dr Anjum said that she was working to produce plastic with the waste of other fruits by using its stone and skin so it would not cost much.
The whole process - from generating plastic with mangoes' stones to manufacturing bags - would be environment friendly.
She added that Pakistan has a plenty of skilled workers whose energies need to be channelised properly.
Pakistan is gradually imposing a ban on the use of polythene bags that played havoc with the country's environment and major sewerage systems.
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