A fungus discovered on a rubbish heap in Pakistan could break down plastics in a matter of weeks instead of years. Aspergillus tubingensis was found to break down a type of plastic known as polyester polyurethane (PU) in just eight weeks. Plastics normally take decades or even hundreds of years to biodegrade making them extremely harmful to … [Read more...] about Newly Discovered Fungus Could Eat Plastics In Weeks Rather Than Years
Right now your compost bin might be full of vegetable peelings and old teabags but in the future it could be full of plastic waste too. This is after researchers discovered a new type of compostable plastic. The teams at University College Dublin (UCD) and Trinity College Dublin (TCD) found that a new blend of biodegradable plastic can degrades … [Read more...] about Biodegradable Plastic Could Go Right In Compost Bin
On October 4, a Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 ran the first-ever commercial flight using LanzaTech’s waste-to-ethanol technology. Using flue gas from carbon-intensive industrial processes, such as steel mills, U.S.-based LanzaTech is able to create a jet fuel that has a 70 percent lower carbon footprint as compared to traditional fossil-based jet … [Read more...] about Virgin Atlantic Flies First Transatlantic Flight Fueled by Recycled Carbon
Recent reports have underscored the enormity of the global plastic waste issue. There are 9.2 billion tons of plastic waste in the environment and an additional 500 tons of plastics are produced annually. Of this, 40 percent is considered single-use plastic, and only 9 percent of all plastics are recycled in the United States. A growing … [Read more...] about Can the Bioeconomy Help Combat Plastic Waste?