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New technique may help assess how plastic pollution impacts wildlife
By swabbing oil from a gland located at the end of a seabird's tail and analyzing the sample with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, researchers have developed a way to measure wildlife's exposure to plastics. (2014-11-04)

Invisible plastics in water
A Washington State University research team has found that nanoscale particles of the most commonly used plastics tend to move through the water supply, especially in fresh water, or settle out in wastewater treatment plants, where they end up as sludge, in landfills, and often as fertilizer. (2020-03-13)

New Laser Techniques Banishes The Pain And Mess Of Bonding Plastics
Any manufacturer trying to confidently stick two pieces of polypropylene type materials together is usually faced with using environmentally unfriendly pre-treatments. Some of these pre-treatments are chemical, others heat based, but all waste time and cost money. These can now be dispensed with thanks to a set of novel laser bonding techniques developed by the Warwick Manufacturing Group at the University of Warwick. (1998-12-21)

Improved plastics recycling thanks to spectral imaging
Plastics recycling is complicated by the need to recycle similar plastics together. The presence of flame retardants in plastics also needs to be identified, and a NIR hyperspectral imaging method to do so is reported in this paper in the peer-reviewed, open-access journal, JSI -- Journal of Spectral Imaging. (2019-01-22)

Over 9.1 billion tons of plastic have been produced and most of it thrown away
More than 9.1 billion tons of plastic have been manufactured since the material was initially mass-produced in the 1950s, according to 'the first global analysis of all mass-produced plastics,' which reports the majority has ended up in landfills or natural settings. (2017-07-19)

Behind-the-scenes advances underpin new super-strong plastics
Long-awaited advances in reducing the cost of certain catalysts -- substances that kick-start chemical reactions -- have quietly led to production of super-strong forms of the world's most widely used plastics, according to the cover story of the current issue of Chemical & Engineering News, ACS' weekly newsmagazine. These upgraded forms of polyethylene have led to availability of stronger, more durable consumer products ranging from garbage bags to camping cookware. (2010-10-20)

A polymer that puts plastic on a better path toward recyclability
Researchers have developed a family of synthetic polymers that can be repeatedly recycled, an important feat because current efforts to recycle plastic are so limited. (2018-04-26)

At long last, new plastics for baby bottles, shopping bags, and much more
With most of the plastics that define modern life dating to the 1930s-1960s, a new breed of these ubiquitous materials are starting to gain a foothold in products ranging from teapots to potato chip bags to plastic plant pots that biodegrade right in the soil. That's the topic of the covers story in the current edition of Chemical & Engineering News, ACS' weekly newsmagazine. (2011-09-21)

Recycling plastics together, simple and fast
Scientists successfully blended different types of plastics to be recycled together, providing a solution to the environmental problem of plastic waste and adding economic value to plastic materials. (2020-06-02)

'Deceptively simple' process could boost plastics recycling
Plastics are a victim of their own success, so inexpensive, easy to use and versatile that the world is awash in plastic waste. Now researchers have reported a new method of producing polyolefins -- made from hydrocarbons and the most common building block of plastics -- structured to address one of the biggest stumbling blocks to plastics recycling. (2020-03-09)

Balloons the number 1 marine debris risk of mortality for seabirds
A new IMAS and CSIRO collaborative study has found that balloons are the highest-risk plastic debris item for seabirds -- 32 times more likely to kill than ingesting hard plastics. Researchers from IMAS, CSIRO and ACE CRC looked at the cause of death of 1733 seabirds from 51 species and found that one in three of the birds had ingested marine debris. (2019-03-01)

Plastics role in auto industry discussed; plastic car displayed at ACS meeting
The current and future role of plastics in the automotive industry is the topic of a speech by Bruce Cundiff, Director of Automotive for the American Plastics Council, scheduled for delivery Monday, April 2, at the 221st national meeting of the American Chemical Society, in San Diego. Plastic industry experts believe the ever-increasing use of plastics in automobiles has improved performance, safety and fuel efficiency. (2001-03-25)

Plastics - Easier To Recycle Than Commonly Thought
Recycling waste domestic plastics may be much easier than is commonly thought, according to research at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL). Researchers have found that adding large amounts of particular sorts of 'contamination' into a granulated plastic has very little effect upon the physical properties of the product once it is re-moulded back into another product. (1999-03-02)

McMaster researcher warns plastic pollution in Great Lakes growing concern to ecosystem
Research from a leading international expert on the health of the Great Lakes suggests that the growing intensity and scale of pollution from plastics poses serious risks to human health and will continue to have profound consequences on the ecosystem. (2019-11-26)

Consumer education and development of bio-sensitive alternatives can revive the plastics industry
With country after country creating legislative and environmental laws to curb the use of plastics, stronger emphasis on recycling and public education on the use and disposal of plastics is vital to the survival of the plastics packaging industry. (2003-05-30)

Toward a new generation of superplastics
Scientists are reporting an in-depth validation of the discovery of the world's first mass producible, low-cost, organoclays for plastics. The powdered material, made from natural clay, would be a safer, more environmentally friendly replacement for the compound widely used to make plastics nanocomposites. A report on the research appears in ACS' Macromolecules, a biweekly journal. (2010-07-21)

Plastic packaging industry is moving towards completely bio-based products
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a technique to significantly improve the quality of bio-based plastic packaging. (2012-12-04)

Why do sea turtles eat ocean plastics? New research points to smell
The findings are the first demonstration that the smell of ocean plastics causes animals to eat them. (2020-03-09)

Seabirds are threatened by hazardous chemicals in plastics
An international collaboration led by scientists at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) , Japan, has found that hazardous chemicals were detected in plastics eaten by seabirds. This suggests that the seabird has been threatened by these chemicals once they eat plastics. (2019-08-02)

Nano-dispersion of clays makes better, cleaner plastics
Small amounts of well-dispersed natural clay can lead to environmentally friendly and inexpensive plastic composites with improved specialized properties, according to a Penn State researcher. (2001-03-25)

Iowa State researchers improving plastics made from corn and soy proteins
Iowa State researcehers are using ultrasonics and nanotechnology to improve plastics made from corn and soy proteins. (2006-10-30)

Cool gas makes more than great fizzy drinks - New "Koolgas" injection method increases plastic production by 40%
Many people think the most useful use of a cool gas in a product is as a key part of fizzy drinks but researchers at the University of Warwick's Warwick Manufacturing Group have found that that cool gases also prove amazingly useful if injected into plastics. (2001-07-03)

To clean up ocean plastics focus on coasts, not the Great Pacific garbage patch
The most efficient way to clean up ocean plastics and avoid harming ecosystems is to place plastic collectors near coasts, according to a new study. (2016-01-18)

Plastic that degrades in seawater could be boon for cruise industry and others
Military, merchant and cruise ships generate large volumes of plastic waste that must be stored onboard until they reach port. Now, a new type of environmentally friendly plastic that degrades in seawater may make it safe and practical to toss plastic waste overboard, freeing up valuable storage space, according to scientists at The University of Southern Mississippi. Their research will be presented in March at the American Chemical Society national meeting in Chicago. (2007-03-27)

Efficient plastic nuggets key to agricultural plastic waste disposal
A process that would be a plastics recycler's nightmare may help farmers deal with the disposal of agricultural and domestic plastics by creating burnable, energy-efficient plastic nuggets, according to a Penn State agricultural engineer. (2002-07-01)

57% of the plastic waste on the Tarragona coast is clothing fibers from washing machines
The sea water, beaches and sediments on the Tarragona coast contain quantities of plastic similar to those in a big city like Barcelona. And more than half are clothing fibres from washing machines. This is one of the main findings of a study carried out by researchers from the URV's research group Tecnatox and presented at a congress in Helsinki. (2019-06-10)

Tough, strong and heat-endure: Bioinspired material to oust plastics
Being tougher, stronger and more adaptive to heat, a new bioinspired material is here to overtake petroleum-based plastics, thanks to researchers' work on an easy and scalable manufacture method. (2020-11-08)

'Switchable' solvents make chemical manufacturing more environmentally-friendly
Researchers from Queen's University and the Georgia Institute of Technology have discovered a new environmentally-friendly way to make chemicals for pharmaceutical and other industries, such as plastics, pesticides, dyes and fragrances. (2005-08-24)

Researchers strengthen weakest link in manufacturing strong materials
Industrial and automotive machinery, such as automotive engine parts, contain materials that are, heat-, wear-, and corrosion-resistant. They are known as 'super engineering plastics,' and they continue to revolutionize manufacturing processes. While they are actually plastic, they are much stronger than the typical plastics we encounter in everyday life. These materials, however, create a corrosive environment during manufacturing. (2019-11-12)

Helping corn-based plastics take more heat
A team of scientists from USDA and a cooperating company are working to make corn-derived plastics more heat tolerant -- research that may broaden the range of applications for which these plastics could be used as an alternative to petroleum-based plastics. (2010-09-01)

Bioengineers succeed in producing plastic without the use of fossil fuels
South Korean scientists succeed in producing the polymers used for everyday plastics through bioengineering, rather than through the use of fossil fuel based chemicals, heralding the creation of environmentally conscious plastics. (2009-11-22)

Many plastics labeled 'biodegradable' don't break down as expected
Plastic products advertised as biodegradable have recently emerged, but they sound almost too good to be true. Scientists have now found out that, at least for now, consumers have good reason to doubt these claims. In a new study appearing in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology, plastics designed to degrade didn't break down any faster than their more conventional counterparts. (2015-03-18)

Microplastics found in a quarter of San Diego estuary fish
Nearly a quarter of fish collected from a San Diego stream contain microplastics. The study, which examined plastics in coastal sediments and three species of fish, showed that the frequency and types of plastic ingested varied with fish species and, in some cases, size or age of fish. (2020-03-18)

Plastics, waste and recycling: It's not just a packaging problem
Discussions of the growing plastic waste problem often focus on reducing the volume of single-use plastic packaging items such as bags, bottles, tubs and films. (2020-08-25)

Toward safer plastics that lock in potentially harmful plasticizers
Scientists have published the first report on a new way of preventing potentially harmful plasticizers from migrating from one of the most widely used groups of plastics. The advance could lead to a new generation of polyvinyl chloride plastics that are safer than those now used in packaging, medical tubing, toys, and other products, they say. Their study is in ACS' Macromolecules, a biweekly journal. (2010-08-11)

Scientific advances can make it easier to recycle plastics
Researchers report new approaches could dramatically increase the amount of plastic waste that can be successfully recycled. (2017-11-17)

Research shows black plastics could create renewable energy
New study looks at how plastics can be recycled and could help reduce plastic waste. (2019-07-16)

'Green' plastics could help reduce carbon footprint
More than 20 million tons of plastic are placed in US landfills each year. Results from a new University of Missouri study suggest that some of the largely petroleum-based plastic may soon be replaced by a nonpolluting, renewable plastic made from plants. Reducing the carbon footprint and the dependence on foreign oil, this new (2009-02-11)

Plastic contaminants harm sea urchins
Plastics in the ocean can release chemicals that cause deformities in sea urchin larvae, new research shows. (2020-11-30)

Nagoya University researchers break down plastic waste
Nagoya University team develops ruthenium catalysts to hydrogenate inert amide bonds under mild conditions. Molecular design of the catalyst framework promotes a key step of the reaction, the transfer of hydrogen to the amide, to greatly improve reactivity. This new low-energy approach may enable designer peptide synthesis and facilitate break down of plastic waste into more useful compounds. (2017-05-26)

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