MANILA, PHILIPPINES. A young Filipino inventor from Mindanao clinched a major award in the 2015 International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering and Environment Project (I-SWEEP) Olympiad held in Houston, Texas, ABS CBN News reported.
Amin Hataman, 15, a student at the Fountain International School in San Juan, Metro Manila, won a bronze medal for inventing biodegradable plastic bags out of nata de coco.
The same project also won gold medal for Hataman in the 2014 International Young Inventors Olympiad in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Hataman said the project was born out of his appreciation for nature growing up in Mindanao.
"Because of that, I did a research on how much damage plastics can cause to nature so we did further research and we learned that we can use organic material which is "nata de coco," Hataman said.
Hataman also added that his project is focused on packaging because the material is durable and not too flammable.
Amin Hataman, a son of a politician from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, is one of the nine young Pinoy inventors recognized by Wyeth Nutrition recently as exemplars of the young innovative Filipino spirit.
I-SWEEP is the largest science fair competition open to high schools worldwide. It is organized by Harmony Public Schools, a K-12 Public Charter School System, which works with local, national and international science fair organizations to gather top-ranking participants and qualifying projects to Houston ever year.
Hataman's project - Feasibility Study of Using Nata de Coco as Material for Biodegradable Plastic was under the category of Environment-Management and Pollution.
The competition was held last May.