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A sea change for plastic pollution: new material biodegrades in ocean water

Marine microorganisms found to feast on new polyurethane materials used in a startup's sustainable shoes

26-Sep-2022

Plastics, now ubiquitous in the modern world, have become a rising threat to human and environmental health. Around the planet, evidence of plastic pollution stretches from grocery bags in the deep sea to microplastics in our food supplies and even in our blood. Seeking solutions to counteract ...

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Powered-up plastics

Sensors and orthoses are possible fields of application

23-Sep-2022

Until now, it has not been possible to additively manufacture sensors and other electronic devices in a single operation. However, a research team from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA has now succeeded in doing just that. The key to this achievement? ...

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KRAHN Chemie subsidiary Pemco Trigueros and the Spanish sales office join forces, forming KRAHN Iberia

21-Sep-2022

KRAHN Chemie bundles activities of its subsidiary Pemco Trigueros and the Spanish sales office under the name KRAHN Iberia to offer high-quality products for the markets lubricants, plastics, and adhesives & sealants. In January, KRAHN Chemie became the majority shareholder of Pemco Trigueros, ...

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Nanoplastics can disrupt human liver, lung cells’ processes in lab experiments

What happens when people unknowingly eat, drink or inhale nearly invisible pieces of plastic?

20-Sep-2022

Although it’s unclear what impact this really has on humans, researchers have now taken a step toward answering that question. In ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology, a team reports laboratory results indicating that tiny plastic particles could enter liver and lung cells and disrupt their ...

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Nanoplastics can move up the food chain from plants to insects and from insects to fish

Novel, metallic fingerprint-based technique to detect and measure nanoplastics in organisms

14-Sep-2022

A new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows that lettuce can take up nanoplastics from the soil and transfer them into the food chain. The concern about plastic pollution has become widespread after it was realised that mismanaged plastics in the environment break down into smaller ...

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Shining light on why plastics turn yellow

Insights could help researchers design plastic products that last longer before becoming unsightly or unusable

08-Sep-2022

If you own a retro gaming console or have an old roll of packing tape, you’ve seen how plastics turn yellow as they age. Though the cause of this color change has long been attributed to the formation of molecules that act as dyes — the actual chemical changes that take place remained ...

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Toxins in old toys an obstacle for circular economy

06-Sep-2022

Letting children play with hand-me-down plastic toys could constitute a health risk. When researchers at the University of Gothenburg tested a large number of old toys and dress-up items made of plastic, 84 per cent of the items were found to contain toxins that can disrupt growth and development ...

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Lessons from natural photosynthesis: conversion of CO₂ to raw materials for plastic!

Technology sequesters CO₂ emissions

31-Aug-2022

In plants, natural photosynthesis binds carbon dioxide (CO2­) to organic compounds, which can then be converted into glucose or starch. These useful molecules can be sequestered, storing the carbon in a solid form. Artificial photosynthesis mimics this process by reducing the greenhouse gas CO2– ...

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Detecting nanoplastics in the air

“Nanoplastics are a major concern if they’re in the air that you breathe, getting into your lungs and potentially causing health problems”

29-Aug-2022

Large pieces of plastic can break down into nanosized particles that often find their way into the soil and water. Perhaps less well known is that they can also float in the air. It’s unclear how nanoplastics impact human health, but animal studies suggest they’re potentially harmful. As a step ...

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Researchers finds a new method for recycling polystyrene

This method would create an incentive for polystyrene to be collected and recycled instead of going into landfills

29-Aug-2022

Ocean trash and overflowing landfills have drawn widespread attention to the plastic waste that we put into our environment. In response, communities around the world work hard to reduce, reuse, and recycle. But what does it mean for something to be recyclable? A research team led by Guoliang ...

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