Green Science Alliance has tackled the plastic problem of fake nails, launching artificial nails made from a biodegradable resin made from 100% natural biomass. The Japanese firm had been focused on the research and development of sustainable innovations working with various types of natural biomass-based biodegradable resin with nano cellulose, PLA (polylactic acid), starch, and cellulose as non-edible biomass resources.
The firm has been upcycling biomass waste such as rice powder waste from the production of shochu, a popular Japanese alcoholic beverage, along with wood, bamboo, and paper waste as the raw materials for its biodegradable resin. Ryohei Mori, PhD, developed the nail technology creating a resin that can be molded using existing machinery, making it easy to manufacture and scale, while maintaining 100% natural biomass composition.
Traditional artificial nails are made of petroleum-based ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) plastic, which is bad for the environment, and not healthy for nails as it prevents the penetration of oxygen and moisture. By contrast, the Green Science Alliance product is made of 100% natural biomass-based biodegradable resin, a porous material providing a healthy alternative to fake nails.
These innovative materials and technologies are registered as UNIDO and WIPO GREEN (United Nations) and are being sold with the Nano Sakura trademark.
Photo: via Green Science Alliance