American Scientist Wants Last Night’s Leftovers to Manufacture Products

Honolulu -- A biochemical engineer at the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute has proposed food scraps as the primary ingredient in a biodegradable polymer that could be used to make bottles, wrappers, surgical instruments and other products. The engineer, Jian Yu, makes his case for table-scraps because they are less expensive than the pure sugar and organic compound previously used in the same polymer manufactured by a British company. The proposal could potentially divert millions of pounds of food waste from landfills.