Scientists have figured out how to turn polyethylene into diesel fuel! How did they do this and what does it mean for the future of plastic?
Fish Now Think Plastic Is Food
“Tiny bits of plastic are so prevalent in oceans and other bodies of water that fish now see them as food, reports a new study. Ingesting the particles can lead to odd-behaving mutant fish that often die young.”
Efficient and selective degradation of polyethylenes into liquid fuels and waxes under mild conditions
“Polyethylene (PE) is the largest-volume synthetic polymer, and its chemical inertness makes its degradation by low-energy processes a challenging problem. We report a tandem catalytic cross alkane metathesis method for highly efficient degradation of polyethylenes under mild conditions.”
Global Plastic Production Rises, Recycling Lags
“Worldwide plastic production has been growing as the durable, primarily petroleum-based material gradually replaces materials like glass and metal. Today, an average person living in Western Europe or North America consumes 100 kilograms of plastic each year, mostly in the form of packaging.”
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