Planet Friendlier Products, Thanks To A Protein

Harvey (Ill.) startup says it has found a way to help makers of household products, such as detergents and paints, eliminate tons of nonbiodegradable waste. Donlar Corp. is pushing polyaspartic acid as an alternative to polyacrylic acid, a key ingredient in many household items. Polyaspartic acid, a protein derived from the same family that forms seashells, is broken down by bacteria in water-treatment plants.

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