Plastic bottles- the new prosthetic limbs?

23 October 2019

The NHS spend approximately £60 million annually on patients with an amputation or congenital limb deficiency.

Plastic bottles can be turned into prosthetic limbs, which are 40% lighter and thousands of pounds cheaper than existing models.

Two patients now have artificial legs whose sockets are made entirely from ground-down plastic bottles which are otherwise notoriously difficult to recycle.

Researchers at De Montfort University say the new technique enables a more exact fit around the patient’s stump than carbon or glass fibre models, and reduces the risk of infection because of its breathable design.

Start recycling your plastic bottles- after all, it only takes approximately five 1-litre Coca-Cola bottles to make one prosthetic socket – AMAZING!

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