The effects of plastic pollution have spread across the globe, and even remote Antarctica is not immune. Some experts have suggested that “eating seafood is like eating plastic”, some people think it is alarmist, but in fact scientists have confirmed that the human body contains plastic particles. Just last year, Austrian scientists announced the first discovery of plastic particles in human poop samples.
Plastic pollution has long been in the food chain, began to endanger human health, but most of us are still in the dark! But today we are not talking about plastic pollution, but a new technology for the benefit of mankind. The technology can transform plastic waste into lubricants and even cosmetics.
Recently, scientists have discovered a way to convert disposable plastics into liquids of commercial use value. This new approach helps us curb the dangers of plastic pollution and createa “circular economy” for recycling of waste.
“The discovery of this new technology is exciting for our research team because it will help us solve the growing problem of plastic waste,” said study co-author Professor Kenneth Popplemeier of Northwestern University. Our findings also have a wide-ranging impact on future development. We can continue to benefit from plastics, but in a sustainable and less harmful way to the environment and human health. ”
About 380 million tons of plastic are made worldwide each year, 75 percent of which is discarded after use, and about 8 million pieces of plastic are thrown into the sea every day, endangering the ocean’s ecological environment. For plastic pollution, our current solutions include landfills and plastic melting, but these methods are unsustainable.
Because of the “very strong” carbon bond connection, plastic not only can not decompose, but also produces plastic particles that enter the environment and animals. The team used platinum nanoparticles to create a “catalyst solution” that breaks down the plastic’s carbon bonds at medium temperatures and pressures to produce high-quality hydrocarbon liquids.
Dr Massimiliano DeFour, of the research team, said: “We are trying to convert polyethylene molecules into value-added commercial products through catalysis and recycle the high energy that binds these bonds together. “