A Filipino teen from Mindanao has invented biodegradable plastic from nata de coco, an edible derivative of the coconut.
Amin Hataman’s invention won the grand prize at the 8th International Young Inventors Project Olympiad (IYIPO) in Georgia, USA.
IYIPO promotes scientific research and scholarly experience to young scientist-students in the field of Biology, Chemistry, Computer, Physics and Mathematics.
Haman’s entry bested over 40 official entries from dozens of elementary and high school students from around the globe who joined the international inventors’ competition.
Nata de coco is a translucent, jelly-like, chewy edible product resulting from the fermentation of coconut water, which forms into a gel through the production of Acetobacter Xylinum, a microbial cellulose.
Nata de coco is a Filipino native delicacy, most commonly sweetened as a candy or dessert.
Hataman is a student of the Fountain International School, a Cambridge School which serves multicultural and multinational communities in Metro Manila.
Hataman is the oldest son of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman and Anak Mindanao party-list Representative Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman.
Governor Hataman has reportedly directed the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-ARMM to conduct a study on the invention for its potentially good impact to the environment.
The younger Hataman’s biodegradable multi-purpose plastic invention developed out of edible coconut dissolves three weeks after being exposed to the elements.
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