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Waste Management


New Plastic Can Be Recycled Repeatedly

Written by , on May 15, 2018

Scientists at Colorado State University have discovered a plastic polymer which, unlike typical petroleum plastics, can be recycled repeatedly without losing its quality and without the use of toxic chemicals or intensive lab procedures.  Read more »

Using Waste Plastic Bags to Double the Life of Lithium Sulfur Batteries

Written by , on May 10, 2018

Engineers at Purdue University have found a way to increase the life of lithium-sulfur batteries which has the added benefit of being a way to recycle plastic bags.  Read more »

Food Choices Can Squander Environmental Resources

Written by , on March 28, 2018

It is often estimated that about a third of the food produced for human consumption globally is lost or wasted. But an even bigger waste, which is not included in this estimate, may be through dietary choices that result in the squandering of environmental resources.   Read more »

Edible and Biodegradable Plastic from Seaweed

Written by , on January 4, 2018

An Indonesian company, Evoware, has developed a method of producing biodegradable packaging from seaweed.  Read more »

Coffee Cups Made from Coffee Waste

Written by , on July 15, 2017

An Australian startup, Huskee, has developed reusable cups which are made from unwanted coffee bean husks.  Read more »

Quickly Turning Food Waste into Fuel

Written by , on June 28, 2017

Researchers at Cornell University have discovered this new process to generate energy from food waste that is much more efficient than previous methods.  Read more »

Sponge Material Soaks Up and Releases Spilled Oil

Written by , on March 7, 2017

Scientists at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois have developed a new material can absorb up to 90 times its own weight in spilled oil and then be squeezed out like a sponge and reused.  Read more »

Drinking Beer Could Help Reduce Energy Storage Costs

Written by , on October 11, 2016

Engineers at the University of Colorado, Boulder, have developed an innovative bio-manufacturing process that uses a biological organism cultivated in brewery wastewater to create the carbon-based materials needed to make energy storage cells.  Read more »

Turning Plastics into Liquid Fuel

Written by , on June 26, 2016

The widespread use of large volumes of plastics has created serious environmental issues. Polyethylene and polypropylene make up more than 60% of the total plastic content of municipal solid waste. These plastics originate primarily from fossil fuels.
Scientists in the United States and China have now developed a method of efficiently turning these plastics back into useful fuels and chemical feedstocks.  Read more »

Water You Can Eat

Written by , on September 5, 2015

The London-based Skipping Rocks Lab has developed an edible alternative to plastic water bottles. Americans alone use approximately 50 billion plastic water bottles each year. Only 23% of these are recycled leaving 38 billion to decompose – a process which can take centuries. The new form of packaging, called Ooho!, is described by its makers as […]  Read more »