(TruthSeekerDaily) What comes to our mind before we discard a banana peel? Well you might be a genius so this might be an easy question, for all we know you could already be working on a perpetual energy generator that is powered by our thought impulses.. but for SOME of us, certainly not the consideration of its use to reduce petroleum-based pollution and create bio-plastic, yet this is exactly what Elif Bilgin, 16, from Istanbul, Turkey, sought to achieve and successfully accomplished. Winner of the 2013 Science in Action award, Google’s third $50,000 annual competition.Elif-Bilgin

Ms. Bilgin is the winner of the 2013 $50,000 Science in Action award from the Google Science Fair. The young scientist says that the banana bioplastic could be used for the electrical insulation of cables.

Her hope is that bioplastics could one day replace petroleum-based plastics that harm the environment in oh-so many ways, including constituting 90 percent of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface. That’s 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile!

So take it from Ms. Bilgin; the girl who invented the body-heat-powered flashlight; the teen who utilized sound waves to detect land mines; and this eighth-grader working to remove all kinds of nasty chemicals from our drinking water. To sum it up: We don’t even need a driver’s license to change the world!

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