Traditional Plastics vs. Yeast-Based Plastics:
How can yeast be used to produce sustainable plastics?
Most plastics end up in landfills and take up to 1,000 years to decompose, leaching highly toxic chemicals into the water table and nearby rivers. What if yeast could be used to solve this issue?
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Before recent years, the production of biodegradable plastics would have been very expensive, making the potential sustainability of biodegradable plastic not viable. Now, yeast metabolic engineers aim to produce long-chain hydroxy fatty acids for biodegradable plastic application. This inexpensive, yet efficient method of producing biodegradable plastic has drastically changed the potential future of our plastic usage.