Scientists in Japan have developed a marine partially biodegradable, self-healing, and nutritional plastic that could potentially transform manufacturing, medicine, and fashion. The plastic is stronger and stretchier than the current standard type and can be healed with heat, remembers its shape and [is] partially biodegradable. “You might also someday be able to rearrange the silhouette of your favorite clothes at home with a hair dryer or steam iron," says Professor Shota Ando from the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences at the University of Tokyo. VPR also "biodegrades safely in a marine environment" -- 25% of the VPR material biodegraded in seawater over the course of just 30 days, and breaks down into a food source for marine life."

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