DLSU-D students develop alternative material to plastic straws
De La Salle University-Dasmarinas students have developed an alternative organic material to replace plastic for drinking straws.
For their research, Grade 12 STEM students Sherard Gilbert Ballon, Dreamdith Therese Dy, Christina Danica Eneirga, Patricia Jeanne Ramos and Jerrika Mikaela Tonio, chose to use banana peelings as a raw material to produce an alternative to plastic for straws used for milktea and other beverage.
“We used saba peelings because we found out that no research was done on the material but is a common waste. We first scraped off the fibers contained in the peels and turning them into a sort of a bioplastic product with the help of a plasticizer,” said the student researchers.
Great job, kids! (ANGEL ONG)