Agatha Haines
Second Year

New plastics

 In a future where plastic production has to be reduced for economic and environmental reasons. A new alternative had to be made to make up for a material that we had become highly dependant upon. Bioplastics are being researched but are still extremely un-cost effective with high fuel consumption. If we could use synthetic biology to get carnivorous plants to produce resin, like trees do. The resin could be produced and catalysed when the plant is triggered to produce its digestive enzymes. This way whole products could be made and produced in the plant’s jaws. So first a meat mould could be made of the desired product – to trigger the plant to produce digestive juices and resin. (Meat being a weirdly more economic and environmentally friendly alternative to other plastic production.) The resin would then permeate the meat, forming and hardening inside the mould over 48 hours. The plant then dissolves the mould over a ten-day period. When the jaws reopen, the final formed biodegradable natural resin object is left inside as a finished product.
 



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