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 •  April 26

Researchers in Europe have made a pretty remarkable—and accidental—discovery that could hold the key to tackling plastic pollution. Every year, across the globe we use and discard around one trillion polyurethane plastic bags—a major problem for the environment as these bags can take 100 to 400 years to degrade. But now, a team from Cambridge...

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 •  February 28

Plastic is woven into the fabric of our lives. "No-one in their daily life within a period of 10 minutes isn't touching something that is made of plastic," said Professor Andrew Holmes, an emeritus professor at the University of Melbourne and a polymer chemist who has developed special plastics for flat screen TVs and solar cells. It's used in...

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 •  October 23, 2015

PET bottles are a wonder of chemical engineering, but they do have a downside. They're semiporous: food and drink molecules stick to the plastic. Most PET plastic melts at the temperatures required for food-grade sterilisation. Once discarded, PET water ...