Researchers at Tarleton State University in Fort Worth, Texas, have uncovered an unexpected use for okra in water treatment.
The study revealed that extracts from okra can effectively remove microplastics from wastewater. Traditionally, toxic chemicals were used for this purpose, but the team’s findings offer a safer alternative.
Polysaccharide extracts from okra and other plants demonstrated excellent flocculant properties, making them ideal for water purification. The most remarkable aspect is that these natural flocculants can be easily incorporated into existing water treatment facilities, without the need for significant infrastructure changes. This discovery opens up exciting possibilities for a cleaner and more sustainable approach to water purification.