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15-Year Old Filipino Student Bags Multiple Awards for Inventing Biodegradable Plastic Bags

As reported by The Philippine Star, Amin Hataman, 15 year-old, a student at the Fountain International School in San Juan City, Metro Manila, is now a certified international award-winning inventor of biodegradable plastic bags.


The biodegradable plastic bags also won another international award for Hataman last year: a gold medal in the 2014 International Young Inventors Olympiad in Tbilisi, Georgia.Hataman won a bronze medal last May in the 2015 International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering and Environment Project (I-SWEEP) Olympiad held in Houston, Texas.
He won for inventing biodegradable plastic bags made from nata de coco, a byproduct of coconut, last year for a Science project requirement in their school.

Hataman is a son of Gov. Mujib Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. He is among nine young Filipinos being showcased by Wyeth Nutrition as exemplars of the young innovative Filipino spirit, which Wyeth hopes to promote and nurture further as the company launches this year the nationwide Search for Filipino Kid Innovators that will select its first crop of winners in 2016.
“Growing up there, I developed this love for the environment,” Hataman said. He drew inspiration from environment growing up in Mindanao.
Hataman said that as a child, he noticed the common practice of people putting garbage inside plastic that is not biodegradable.
“I did some research on how plastic was actually doing a lot of damage to the environment,” Hataman said.
By pursuing research on biodegradable alternatives to plastic, he learned about the cellulose properties of nata de coco.
“Right now, I’m actually already trying to patent this. In the future, if I go into business, I might be able to implement this,” Hataman said.
Hatman’s science teacher had been impressed with the science project so he submitted the invention to international invention contests.

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