Plastics made from plants could be the answer to waste problem?
Plastics are incredibly useful materials with extremely diverse properties, allowing a multitude of different applications that benefit our lives.
Bottles and forks aside, in the medical field alone plastics have been used for artificial heart valves, medical implants and devices, controlled drug release, specialist surfaces and coatings that repel water, organic batteries – the list is endless.
But, with marine plastic debris estimated to reach 250 million tons by 2025, governments across the globe are starting to think about how to overcome this significant problem.
A fundamental part of this issue is that non-sustainable, single-use plastics account for up to 40 per cent of global plastic production. This equates to around 128 million tons. The vast majority of these plastics have low recycling rates and do not biodegrade in an acceptable time span – polypropylene can take millennia to break down properly.
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