Indian student develops bioplastic from potato waste


In India, a student pursing a business technology degree at Chitkara University has developed a material from potato waste that can be used to produce biodegradable single use items.

“We use starch extracted from potato waste centrifuging it to form another material which can be used as a raw material in place of plastic products to manufacture carry bags, water bottles, spoons, straws, forks, plates and glasses,” Pranav Goyal, in his second year at CU’s Baddi campus, tells Times of India. “It is 100% biodegradable product and environment friendly. We make pallets of the starch to feed it into extruder to mould it into different shapes of products replacing plastic products.”

Pranav’s sister Saloni Goyal owns a bioplastic plant, SPM Bioplastic, that was founded with incubator support from CU.