Researchers from the Spanish Scientific and Technological Research Center of Extremadura (Cicytex) have developed a biodegradable material from bioplastic and vegetable fibers from the kenaf, a tropical and subtropical plant native to Africa and Asia. The new material could be an alternative to non-recyclable plastics. On a small scale, a filament for 3D printers based on the new material has already been tested.
It is worth noting that kenaf is a non-food crop, rich in fiber, which could be an interesting alternative in the crop rotation of irrigated fields in Extremadura, said the regional government in a press release. It is suitable for the production of materials with high added value as part of projects for a green and circular economy.
Cicytex posted a video to its YouTube channel in which researcher Luis Royano, of the Extensive Crops department, explains the characteristics of this biomaterial.