Capturing Carbon to Create Greener Plastics

 

Capturing Carbon to Create Greener Plastics

The coming era of “green” plastics

Chemists are investigating ways to use carbon dioxide removed from smokestack emissions to make a raw material for the production of DVDs, CD-ROMs, beverage bottles and other products made from polycarbonate plastics.

Apart from the benefits in terms of combating climate change, using CO2 normally released the atmosphere as a feedstock for the chemical industry, and therefore turning a myriad of plastic products into a kind of “carbon sink”, could offer consumers less expensive, and safer than current production methods.

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