- Plastic bag that dissolves in water or breaks down into
compost has been awarded one of the top Australian science prizes.
- Plantic Technologies' cornstarch-derived
bag was awarded the Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Industry.
- The bag is safe for use in food packaging and can be
moulded like common petrochemical plastics but is completely biodegradable.
When it is buried in a compost heap, worms and bacteria will convert it
to compost within a month. It is also water soluble.
- Plantic plastic is already used by UK confectioner
Schweppes for its packaging trays, and other European confectioners are
testing the product.