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Making Biodegradable Plastics from Waste Chicken Feathers Possible

Anaheim – In a scientific advance literally plucked from the waste heap, scientists described a key step toward using the billions of pounds of waste chicken feathers produced each year to make one of the more important kinds of plastic. They described the new method at the 241st National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, held here from March 27-31.

“Others have tried to develop thermoplastics from feathers,” said Yiqi Yang, Ph.D., who reported on the research.

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