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Green scientists have created the world's first biodegradable eco-raincoat - made of recycled potatoes.

The hooded poncho is made with a special plastic made from spuds and other natural resources, claim makers Good4Environment, in Ourense, Spain.

When wearers are finished with the coat, they simply bury it in the ground and seeds contained in the fabric will grow into a new plant.

"We wanted to make something that is practical to wear, looks good and then does some good when its working life is over," said spokeswoman for the firm Maite Canton when contacted by Central European News.

She said: "We put seeds in special little pouches - the rotting coat will provide all the raw material for the germinating seeds.

"We have a selection of seeds - some are of aromatic plants, some flowers and some are of mediterranean trees."

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