The association hopes to inspire a commitment to sustainable practices throughout the industry
The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) announced that it has adopted its first Sustainability Statement, outlining the association’s commitment to sustainable principles. Through such a statement, PLASTICS hopes to encourage similar associations and companies across the plastics industry to make a similar commitment to sustainability.
Can plastics be removed from the environment and be biologically degraded? Chemical engineers at TU Wien (Vienna) are working on it
Scientists at the Institute for Chemical, Environmental and Biological Engineering (ICEBE) at TU Wien (Vienna) are trying to replace exploitation of the environment, by using ecologically balanced approaches. “There is no contradiction between technology and nature – quite the contrary”, says Anton Friedl, the director of the institute. “Nature can teach us about new technological approaches, and new technologies will benefit the environment. It is a process we call ‘imagineering nature”, he adds.
Adding bits of irradiated plastic water bottles could cut cement industry’s carbon emissions.
MIT undergraduate students have found that, by exposing plastic flakes to small, harmless doses of gamma radiation, then pulverizing the flakes into a fine powder, they can mix the plastic with cement paste to produce concrete that is up to 20 percent stronger than conventional concrete.
U.K. naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough has warned of the dangers of plastic in the oceans after witnessing the damage it causes while filming a new wildlife series.
Attenborough said that during the recording of the BBC’s TV series “Blue Planet II” he saw countless examples of the negative effect of plastics, according to comments in the Guardian newspaper on Sunday.