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HemCell plastic is produced from polylactic acid combined with crushed palm leaf waste. The Dutch invention is excellently biodegradable and suits all kinds of applications. In the near future biodegradable coffee capsules are to be found in supermarkets.
Harm Ikink / Netherlands

The new plastic for the circular economy also seems to be gaining ground in China, where disposable lunch boxes will be produced using HemCell. This will really contribute to reducing the litter problem, says inventor Nico Osse. He claims HemCell is the only plastic worldwide that actually breaks down when it ends up in the environment. “Many producers claim biodegradability, but in most cases this requires industrial composting. HemCell products on the other hand will turn to compost within six months, even in forest soil. This has been extensively tested.”