Mexico’s cactus offers alternative to plastics

  1. A Mexican researcher has invented a new form of biodegradable plastic made primarily from the juice of prickly pear cactus (opuntia).
  2. The pulp of the prickly pear is mixed with non-toxic additives to produce sheets that can be used for packaging.
  3. In March 2019, UN member states at the United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi, Kenya, pledged to significantly reduce single-use plastic products by 2030.
  4. Single-use plastics, or disposable plastics, are the ones which are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. Example: plastic straws, plastic bottles, plastic cutlery etc.