23 Apr 2021Ended

Should we design biodegradable plastics?


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Join us to find out how chemists design plastics for biodegradability, and discuss the opportunities and challenges that these new materials .. Read more present on our journey to a more sustainable future. While the impact of plastic waste upon the natural environment is critical, plastics are such a useful material in many applications that it seems unlikely that we could, or would want to, live without them. With an increase in citizen awareness around sustainability, there are a host of new plastics on the market, promising eco-friendly credentials. Biodegradable plastics are once such innovation, often with additives which promote biodegradation if they are leaked into the open environment. However there is some debate as to how effective and quick these are to disappear, with concern that if not in the ‘right’ environment they may be as persistent as conventional plastics. Considering both what is technically possible and what is practical and desirable – should we design biodegradable plastics? With innovations in recycling and collection, is biodegradability a useful safeguard for society’s imperfections in dealing with plastics or an unnecessary complication to a future circular system?.

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