Upcycling plastic bags into battery parts

The looming threat of plastic pollution is one of mankind's greatest challenges. With more than 381 million tons of plastic produced worldwide each year,1 it's no surprise the waste ends up in our soil, lakes, rivers and oceans, as well as in the bodies of humans and wildlife. The durability of plastic is what makes it popular for use in so many products. But its strength and durability also mean that it doesn't break down in the environment. It's estimated that a plastic bottle can take 450 years to break down in a marine environment,2 while fishing line can take 600 years.3 But even then, it never goes away. It simply breaks down into smaller pieces that may persist in the environment forever. These tiny pieces of plastic, commonly known as microplastics, may be eaten by fish and other marine life. This can cause a lot of suffering if the plastic builds up in their bodies over time. When a whale found malnourished and dying off the coast of Norway had to be put down, an autopsy revealed 30 plastic bags and

Upcycling plastic bags into battery parts

Plastic bag pollution has become a huge environmental problem, prompting some cities and countries to heavily tax or ban the sacks. But what if used plastic bags could be made into higher-value ...

Wed 13 Feb 19 from Phys.org

Upcycling plastic bags into battery parts (video), Wed 13 Feb 19 from Eurekalert

Raging Against Plastic: New Investigation Exposes Supermarketís Role in Plastic Pollution

The looming threat of plastic pollution is one of mankind's greatest challenges. With more than 381 million tons of plastic produced worldwide each year,1 it's no surprise the waste ends up ...

Fri 15 Feb 19 from Mercola

Researchers Upcycle Plastic Bags Into Battery Parts

NewsResearchers have reported a new method to convert plastic bags into carbon chips that could be used as anodes for lithium-ion batteries.Contributed Author: American Chemical SocietyTopics: Chemistry

Wed 13 Feb 19 from Laboratory Equipment

Scientists upcycle plastic bags to create battery parts

According to researchers from Purdue University in the US, polyethylene in plastic bags could be an inexpensive source of energy-storing carbon.

Thu 14 Feb 19 from The Hindu

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