Oct 5, 2022

A new process can make plastics more environmentally friendly

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An upcycling method changes the most widely produced plastic into the second most widely produced plastic, making it more sustainable.

A new technique has been developed by scientists that transforms polyethylene (PE), the most widely produced plastic, into polypropylene (PP), the second most produced plastic.

Upcycling plastic efficiently to eliminate waste

The purpose of this process is to reduce greenhouse emissions. “The world needs more and better options for extracting the energy and molecular value from its waste plastics,” said Susannah Scott, co-lead author of the study and Distinguished Professor and Mellichamp Chair of Sustainable Catalytic Processing at UC Santa Barbara. This new study was published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

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