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A popular compostable plastic doesn’t break down in the ocean

“Biodegradable” is a misleading term for plastic substitutes that require heat to break down or industrial compositing conditions

26-May-2023

A widely used compostable plastic persists unchanged in marine environments for at least 14 months, according to a new study in PLOS ONEby Sarah-Jeanne Royer andcolleagues from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at theUniversity of California, San Diego.The study highlights the distinction ...

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Testing the first biodegradable straws

23-Aug-2018

A research team that includes partners from the University of Georgia New Materials Institute and the RWDC Environmental Stewardship Foundation will develop a fully biodegradable plastic straw thanks to an award from Singapore's Temasek Foundation Ecosperity. The $719,000 award represents the top ...

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A plastic-eating caterpillar

26-Apr-2017

Generally speaking, plastic is incredibly resistant to breaking down. That's certainly true of the trillion polyethylene plastic bags that people use each and every year. But researchers reporting in Current Biology on April 24 may be on track to find a solution to plastic waste. The key is a ...

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Consortium scales up production of bio-aromatics from waste

15-Jul-2016

Turning waste, that would otherwise be incinerated or end up in landfill, into valuable raw materials for the chemical industry is the challenge being undertaken by a consortium of 12 companies over the next 18 months. Biodegradable waste, nappies, compost and sieving material from wastewater ...

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Hydraulic fracturing chemical spills on agricultural land need scrutiny

03-Jun-2016

Hydraulic fracturing, a widely used method for extracting oil and gas from otherwise impenetrable shale and rock formations, involves not only underground injections composed mostly of water, but also a mixture of chemical additives. These chemicals range from toxic biocides and surfactants, to ...

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Contamination in North Dakota linked to fracking spills

Metals, salts and radioactivity in brine-laden wastewater years later

28-Apr-2016

Accidental wastewater spills from unconventional oil production in North Dakota have caused widespread water and soil contamination, a new Duke University study finds. Researchers found high levels of ammonium, selenium, lead and other toxic contaminants as well as high salts in the brine-laden ...

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New ceramic firefighting foam becomes stronger when temperature increases

16-Dec-2015

A team of chemists from ITMO University, in collaboration with research company SOPOT, has developed a novel type of firefighting foam based on inorganic silica nanoparticles. The new foam beats existing analogues in fire extinguishing capacity, thermal and mechanical stability and ...

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Researchers take first steps to create biodegradable displays for electronics

19-Oct-2015

University of Missouri researchers are on the path to creating biodegradable electronics by using organic components in screen displays. The researchers' advancements could one day help reduce electronic waste in the world's landfills. "Current mobile phones and electronics are not biodegradable ...

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Achieving better and cheaper biodiesel

26-Sep-2013

Is there any connection between wine and biodiesel? The answer is yes, however surprising it may seem. Acetals are chemical compounds found in many wines, like port, for example, which give it a unique, sweet smell. However if acetals are blended with biodiesel, they improve its properties. The ...

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BASF starts operations at expanded Ecoflex plant

BASF expects significant market growth for biodegradable plastics through 2020

03-Feb-2011

BASF has started operations at its expanded plant for the production of the biodegradable plastic Ecoflex®. Expansion of the existing plant in Ludwigshafen ...

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