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  • Turning plastic waste into a valuable soil additive

    University of California, Riverside, scientists have moved a step closer to finding a use for the hundreds of millions of tons of plastic waste produced every year that often winds up clogging streams and rivers and polluting our oceans. In a recent study, Kandis Leslie Abdul-Aziz, a UCR assistant p more

  • Nanoplastics unexpectedly produce reactive oxidizing species when exposed to light

    Plastics are ubiquitous in our society, found in packaging and bottles as well as making up more than 18% of solid waste in landfills. Many of these plastics also make their way into the oceans, where they take up to hundreds of years to break down into pieces that can harm wildlife and the aquatic more

  • Bringing custom microbes to the business of recycling plastic

    Scientists working on a solution for plastic waste have developed a two-step chemical and biological process to break down and upcycle mixed plastics into valuable bioproducts. The project, which involves multiple institutions, draws on synthetic biology expertise at the Department of Energy’s Oak R more

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A Guide to Common Household Plastics

Plastic is everywhere in our day to day lives – but, of course, ‘plastic’ is just a catch-all term for a range of different chemical substances. This graphic takes a look at some of the more common plastics we encounter on a regular basis, and examines their chemical structures. Below, we’ll also ta more

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Polystyrene

Polystyrene Polystyrene is an aromatic polymer made from the aromatic monomer styrene , a liquid hydrocarbon that is commercially manufactured from petroleum by the chemical industry . Polystyrene is a thermoplastic substance, normally ... more

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