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Thermoplastics created with sugar beet pulp [Registered]

USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have created a biodegradable plastic made from sugar beet pulp Using a process called extrusion, the ARS scientists combined sugar beet pulp with a commercially available biodegradable polymer called polylactic acid (PLA) to create a new “thermoplastic,” a plastic that becomes soft when heated. Extrusion is already used widely in large-scale production of food, plastics and composite materials, and it’s very cost-effective. The scientists say we could use this new thermpolastic to make those soft, white, spongy containers that are a perfect holder for use in fast food joints. America’s sugar industry produces up…

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