Hexbyte Glen Cove Turning wood into plastic thumbnail

Hexbyte Glen Cove Turning wood into plastic

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Efforts to shift from petrochemical plastics to renewable and biodegradable plastics have proven tricky—the production process can require toxic chemicals and is expensive, and the mechanical strength and water stability is often insufficient. But researchers have made a breakthrough, using wood byproducts, that shows promise for producing more durable and...

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Hexbyte Glen Cove Plastic recycling results in rare metals being found in children’s toys and food packaging

Dr Andrew Turner. Credit: University of Plymouth Some of the planet's rarest metals—used in the manufacture of smartphones and other electrical equipment—are increasingly being found in everyday consumer plastics, according to new research. Scientists from the University of Plymouth and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign tested a range of new and used products including...

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Hexbyte Glen Cove Plastic pollution is everywhere. Study reveals how it travels

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Plastic pollution is ubiquitous today, with microplastic particles from disposable goods found in natural environments throughout the globe, including Antarctica. But how those particles move through and accumulate in the environment is poorly understood. Now a Princeton University study has revealed the mechanism by which microplastics, like Styrofoam, and particulate...

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