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Plastic bottles, which are notoriously difficult to recycle, can be turned into prosthetic limbs which are 40 per cent lighter and thousands of pounds cheaper than existing models, scientists have discovered.

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.

Artificial limbs have previously been made from bulk plastic - high-density polyethylene - however those were heavy and not durable.

At £10 a unit, it is also 500 times cheaper than the standard price of £5,000.

Source: Telegraph