The Mighty Nopal Cactus

Two students from the Mexican university UNAM have won a prize for making a bioplastic straw from mango and the baba (for non-Mexicans this is a type of “slime” similar to that produced when cooking okra) of the nopal cactus.

https://news.culturacolectiva.com/mexico/alumnas-de-la-unam-crean-popote-con-cascara-de-mango-y-baba-de-nopal/?fbclid=IwAR3zHp6JCJc25t6Cyvzte_CmBH3058D6BAAIioZ-IpT5pYQsKD0BTOySDyk

This cactus is amazing. Apart from being a potential foodstuff of the future it is also capable of producing a non-toxic biodegradable plastic potentially capable of replacing single use plastic bags……

https://www.efeverde.com/noticias/mexico-plastico-biodegradable-jugo-nopal/?fbclid=IwAR3-AZ59QU7SVTkLYfOc-nxTALYLuTK-JosnEq1u_zLrzQISYP8yuc5sxD0

……..and can be made into a powder which can filter toxic metals and bacteria from polluted drinking water.

https://www.efeverde.com/noticias/nopal-mexicano-permite-purificar-agua/?fbclid=IwAR0YoGcfJMDy6M65JBwGIaH-U9t7nS2_wxA80Jp8_WEJnULVj4vgDLkdqZ4

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