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Nature Has A Promising Replacement For Hormone-Scrambling Plastics: Shrimp Shells

By Lynne Peeples

Javier Fernandez admits he’s not a huge fan of chess. “I’m not very good either,” he says.

Nevertheless, his queen, king, rook and knight are attracting a lot of attention.

The black and white chess pieces are made of plastic, but not the petroleum-based kind experts warn may be laden with hormone-scrambling chemicals. Rather, Fernandez and his colleagues molded the complex game pieces from a compostable material abundant in nature: Chitin.

It’s the stuff of shrimp shells, insect armor and butterfly wings — and now of a small collection of chess pieces, party cups and egg cartons in a …read more

Source: Huffington Post Green