The demand for plastic is likely to double in the next twenty years. Most plastic is still made from petroleum. It can also be made from corn or sugar cane, but this requires agricultural land. Researchers at Wageningen UR have developed a sustainable alternative by making plastic from different kinds of seaweed found in the North Sea.
By fermenting the seaweed, the raw material is released for the production of degradable, recyclable packaging materials. The yeast residue can be processed into animal feed. A good example of the circular economy Wageningen UR is working on to increase the quality of life.