Bioplastic Made from Shrimp Shells Breaks Down Into Compost

Harvard University's Wyss Institute has developed a plastic made from shrimp shells that can be molded into everyday products in any size, shape, and color. It's made from chitosan, a form of chitin - the second-most abundant organic material on Earth. Chitin, a tough polysaccharide, is the main ingredient in the hardy shells of crustaceans, the armor-like cuticles of insects, and the flexible wings of butterflies. Instead of decimating the environment and poisoning our food chain when discarded, it breaks down into compost and nurtures the cycle of life.