Natural Plastic Discovered by Leonard Da Vinci

Discovery News: Alessandro Vezzosi recently discovered a recipe for natural plastic in the drawings and notes of Renaissance genius Leonard da Vinci. Alessandro Vezzosi, director of the Museo Ideale in Vinci, the town where Leonardo was born, recently made an intriguing discovery among the papers of the Renaissance genius: a recipe for natural plastic. According to Vezzosi, "He talks of a mixture. He combined colors with animal or vegetable glues, sometimes adding organic fibers." Da Vinci used the material to try to preserve animal skin, vegetation and paper. Vezzosi tried out the recipe and produced a material similar to bakelite, proving that Da Vinci produced plastic several hundred years before Alexander Parkes invented parkesine in 1862.

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