The extraction of lignocellulosic fiber from banana peels for the development of biodegradable films represents a significant stride toward minimizing the environmental impact of packaging materials.
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BASF’s process uses chemical recycling to turn plastic waste and end-of-life tires into a raw material called pyrolysis oil, which is then used to replace fossil-based raw materials in a range of new products.
The deal comes as Panasonic is expanding its EV battery production in North America, with plans to increase its use of locally sourced materials.
The Center for Climate Integrity report indicates over 50 years of industry knowledge that recycling is not a viable solution to the growing issue of solid waste.
Rumpke will collect colored and otherwise hard-to-recycled plastics and deliver them to be processed through Eastman’s molecular recycling process, starting later this year.
The study says the way plastics are manufactured must shift away from dependence on fossil fuels and instead use renewable raw materials, like waste biomass and carbon dioxide.
Researchers from the University of Adelaide are looking at the utilization of plastic items for effective end-of-life handling to mitigate environmental hazards stemming from landfill accumulation and to reclaim valuable products from discarded materials.
Spider silk is seen as an increasingly sustainable substance with its unique blend of strength, elasticity, and lightness, and researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are leading a project that is turning plastic waste into biodegradable spider silk with multiple applications, promising groundbreaking advancements across multiple industries.
Sonichem uses ultrasound to break down woody biomass from forestry operations, creating a bio-based plastic alternative to be used for vehicles, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and more.
Surpassing the combined emissions of the entire aviation and shipping industries, plastic contributes 2 billion tons of greenhouse gases annually, accounting for 3.4% of global emissions, and achieving sustainable goals necessitates a significant reduction in the production, usage, and disposal of the material.