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Converting plastic waste into porous carbon for capturing carbon dioxide

Cactus Communications writes for Phys on a new carbon capture technology.

The C3 Take
  • A team of researchers have potentially found a way to reduce plastic pollution and CO2 emissions simultaneously.
  • The team converted polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the plastic that is used to make water bottles, into porous carbon materials that are used in carbon capture technology.
  • The researchers determined that old PET bottles are effective at capturing CO2, but questions remain on whether or not the process can be scaled up to an industrial level.

“Besides climate change, which is mostly the result of our carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, plastic pollution stands as one of the most critical environmental concerns of this decade. The sheer quantity of discarded and misplaced plastic is dealing irreparable damage to Earth’s ecosystems, affecting our crops and contaminating our water supplies. If we are to transition into truly sustainable societies, we need to find efficient ways to repurpose discarded plastics.”

Read the full article here.

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