Creating bioplastics from banana peel

Elif Bilgin, a 16-year-old girl from Turkey, has found a way to turn banana peel into an environmentally friendly bioplastic.

The teenager, who developed the plastic over a period of two years, has been selected as a finalist in this year's Google Science Fair.

"The bio-plastic is a material which has the potential of causing a biological reform by means of reducing the amount of pollution caused by other plastic materials which contain petroleum derivatives," said Bilgin.

"Apart from this, the bio-plastic industry's newness creates room for further development of the bio-plastics manufactured so far."

Bilgin was selected to bring her innovation to the Google Science Fair on 21 September, where she'll compete with 14 other students, all hand-picked from across the world.

The winner will receive a $50,000 scholarship and a free trip to the Galapagos Islands.

Laura Hopperton

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