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While trying to develop a new range of bio-plastics using citrus fruit waste, a team of scientists from the Flinders University in Adelaide discovered that not only orange was a good candidate to reach their goal but it also has interesting properties. Indeed, the bio-polymer they obtained is able to fixate large quantities of mercury and other toxic metals. In addition, the plastic changes color and turns orange when absorbing heavy metals, which makes it a good indicator of the pollution level. Made out of sulfur and citrus fruit industrial waste, the production and mass marketing of this plastic should be fast and cheap. To be continued, then.
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