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Great Wrap develops potato-based compostable alternative to plastic wrap and cling film

Plastic wrap, or cling film, is a super-useful plastic that can't be recycled and ends up in landfill. Now, Great Lab, an Australian materials science company, says they've developed a great alternative. Their Great Wrap is made from potato waste (the unusable bits of starch yielded by potato chip production) "and a mix of other compostable biopolymers," with the result being that the stuff is fully compostable, no special facility required.

Thrown into your yard, Great Wrap breaks down in under 180 days, turning into harmless and non-toxic food for microbes, the company says. "It goes perfectly with your organic waste to be composted into rich, nutrient soil."

The obstacle to mass uptake is, for now, one of cost. At Walmart, a premium plastic wrap like Reynolds commands 1.8 cents a square foot, whereas the brand's generic Great Value version goes for just 1 cent per square foot. Great Wrap comes in at 9 cents per square foot.


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