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Tackling our plastic problem

Plastic is an intrinsic part of our daily lives but can have a huge impact on our environment and health. Image credit - Pxhere, licensed under CC0
Plastic is an intrinsic part of our daily lives but can have a huge impact on our environment and health. Image credit - Pxhere, licensed under CC0

From its reliance on fossil fuels to the waste littering our oceans, plastic is a problem requiring innovative solutions. Our stories take a fresh look at how scientists and researchers are working to find eco-friendly alternatives and design solutions to tackle plastic pollution, clean our seas and redefine the role plastic plays in our everyday lives. We also cover crucial policy developments and the issues shaping the conversation about plastic. 

How hard-to-recycle plastic is being made as good as new

New recycling technologies currently being tested may allow plastics such as single-use food packaging, fibre-reinforced car parts and mattress foam – polymers which often wind up in landfills or are incinerated – to have more than just a second life: they can become as good as new.

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