They continue the innovations for a product of great consumption worldwide and very polluting, straws or straws.
As of December 2020, in Mexico City, the marketing, distribution and delivery of plastic bags will be prohibited.
To join this initiative to care for the environment, students from the UNAM College of Sciences and Humanities (CCH) developed a straw made with mango peel and nopal slime.
These straws are biodegradable
The development of this bioplastic obtained first place in the XXVII University Contest of the Science, Technology and Innovation Fair, in the Innovative Design mode.
Itzel Paniagua Castro and Alondra Montserrat López López developed their project for a year:
“WE HAD TO DO SEVERAL INVESTIGATIONS AND TESTS; WE HAD DIFFICULTIES, BUT IN THE END WE MADE IT. NOW WE WANT UNAM TO SUPPORT US TO CONTINUE WITH THE PROJECT UNTIL ITS COMMERCIALIZATION ”, ITZEL COMMENTED.
The idea arose when they were studying at the Polymers Unit: "why not do something that can help the environment, and that benefits us all, and from there with work we reached the end".
But is it resistant?
The students confirm that a straw made with mango peel is just as resistant as a plastic one, but with advantages over the environment and health.
“Normal plastic takes up to 100 years, our bioplastic is 100 natural, since the day we stop using it or it no longer serves us, we can bury it or put it in water and it will degrade anyway, in four to six months It takes time to degrade, ”Itzel said.
UNAM will support the students with the patenting and commercialization of this innovative product.