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Pioneering plant-based packaging

A biodegradable wrapping based on potato starch rather than plastic packaging is to be used by The Guardian for its print edition supplements, with it reporting that it is the first national newspaper to make the switch.

It is encouraging readers to compost or put the wrapping in their food waste recycling bin.


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Meanwhile, University of Nottingham researchers have developed what is said to be a completely biodegradable and edible packaging film made from plant carbohydrates and proteins to replace polluting plastic materials and improve storage, safety and shelf life.

A key ingredient is konjac glucomannan KGM, the main component of konjac flour obtained from an Asian plant root, amorphophallus konjac, that the researchers say can grow outdoors even in colder regions of the UK such as Scotland.

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