September 24, 2013
Almost all aspects of daily life involve plastics, and consequently the production of plastics has increased substantially the last 60 years. Plastics are persistent materials, which tend to accumulate in the marine environment and affect marine life as they remain there for years.
See on micro2014.sciencesconf.org
September 19, 2013
Source: Environmental Pollution Authors: Marie-Theres Nuelle, Jens H. Dekiff, Dominique Remy, Elke Fries Abstract A two-step method was developed to extract microplastics from sediments. First, 1 k…
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September 19, 2013
See on Scoop.it – BIOCLEAN
BIOCLEAN is a European Funded Project under the FP7 programme.
Biodegradation of synthetic plastics can occur in nature, in sediments and marine environments as well as in landfills, compost and soil. The process is governed by the polymer characteristics, the organisms available and the surrounding environmental conditions. However, the knowledge on the biodegradation of major synthetic polymers is still very limited and fragmented. BIOCLEAN strategy is aimed at deepening the scientific understanding on the biodegradation of such materials in natural environments and waste disposing facilities and exploring the feasibility of biotechnological solutions for the effective and sustainable disposal of plastic waste. In particular, the consortium will focus on PVC, Polystyrene, Polypropylene and Polyethylene.
Objectives: BIOCLEAN intends to find smart and robust biotechnological solutions for the degradation and detoxification of:
Plastic waste existing landfills
Plastic fragments entering waste composting and anaerobic digestors
Plastic fragments occurring in marine habitats, thus contributing to mitigate the current impact of plastics in marine ecosystems.
September 2012- September 2015
BIOCLEAN is a European Funded Project under the FP7 programme. BIOCLEAN includes 19 partners from nine different and widely distributed European Countries and one from China. The Project includes different organisation types, namely: Universities, Research Institutes, SMEs, a multi-municipality (DEDISA), one enterprise (MMB) and the Association of European plastic producers (PlasticsEurope).
See on www.biocleanproject.eu
September 18, 2013
The Plastic Bank will put new value on waste plastic and facilitate its conversion into the raw material for 3D printing and foster a demand for “ocean plastic” that will reduce waste plastics around the world.
Ocean plastic is an industrial problem.
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September 13, 2013
Using banana peels, plasticizer ingredients, and motivation to create change, 16-year-old Elif Bilgin successfully created a bio-plastic using one of the most abundant fresh-food scraps.
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