The future looks bright for infinitely recyclable plastic

Brett Helms, foreground, pictured at work in the Molecular Foundry in 2019. Credit: Thor Swift/Berkeley Lab Plastics are a part of nearly every product we use on a daily basis. The average person in the U.S. generates about 100 kg of plastic waste per year, most of which goes straightContinue Reading

New technology shows us how to deal with our plastic problem

Jocelyn Doucet, CEO of the Montreal-based clean-tech startup Pyrowave, vividly remembers the great plastic crisis of 2017. It was a turning point for his company: the conference invitations started pouring in, and within a few years, he’d find himself tripling the size of his staff. Before 2017, Canadian municipalities hadContinue Reading

How Meow Meow Tweet is breaking the beauty industry's plastic habit

The amount of single-use plastic used to package shampoos, deodorants, lotions, and other personal care staples has made the beauty industry one of the biggest culprits of plastic waste worldwide. It produces roughly 120 billion units of plastic, the vast majority of which doesn’t get recycled, according to Zero WasteContinue Reading

Plastic waste to fuels by hydrocracking at mild conditions

INTRODUCTION Plastics are an indispensable part of modern life. Global plastic production reached 314 million tons in 2014 and is projected to increase to over 1200 million tons by 2050 (1, 2). This growth is alarming when considering the current plastic waste management. In the United States, >75% of plasticsContinue Reading