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Israeli Scientist Develops An Inspiring Breakthrough In The Effort To Reduce Global Plastic Use

Plastic has a lot of uses but a big drawback: it doesn’t break down over time. The resulting substance can pollute whatever environment it happens to be in. In the case of oceans, the plastic can cause injury or death to marine wildlife. It can become ingested by organisms that mistake it for food or wrap around and restrict blood flow in organisms that are caught in debris. Israeli chemical engineer Sharon Barak came up with something that could help. She’s developed a plastic that biodegrades in water. It is so safe that anyone can drink it and is much better for marine life. Hopefully, it is a step towards keeping our oceans healthy.

A Breakthrough Product

Barak, who used to work for a plastic company, was the perfect person to find a solution to the problem of ocean pollution from plastic. When she resigned her position, she founded a clean-tech startup company called Solutum and got to work on a less polluting material than plastic. The result is a substance that looks and feels like plastic but dissolved within minutes when it is placed in water. It is safe and can be flexible enough to make a wide variety of packaging items.

She envisions it can be used in any application where we currently use plastic such as food, consumer goods, and even certain types of clothing. The new substance also has one convenience that plastic doesn’t have–when someone is finished using it, they can just throw it down the drain, run some water, and it’s gone. Too easy!

The Internet Responds To Faux Plastic

Social media is thrilled that Barak may have come up with a safer alternative to plastic. Their video, called “How this woman fixed plastic” has well over 18 million views. Check it out:

The company has also been featured in a video on YouTube and been featured on the Facebook Page at the Coller School of Management where commenters raved, asked for her email address for further discussion and suggested funding ideas. Let’s hope production for this product continues to pick up steam and becomes more widely used. If so, the oceans can only benefit!

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