Dr Hydra Rodrigues, technology analyst at IDTechEx, analyses the opportunities and challenges involved with using captured CO2 emissions as feedstock in the production of polymers, which the organisation suggests could facilitate a circular carbon economy.
Scientists from Leipzig University recently discovered an enzyme that they say can degrade PET in record time, via a process known as biological recycling. Within 16 hours, the enzyme reportedly causes PET to decompose by 90%. What is the true potential of this solution, how can it be scaled, and how could it fit in with existing recycling methods? The leader of the project, Dr Christian Sonnendecker, tells us more.
Texen has developed an extra-large cosmetics compact made from food-grade recycled PET and using its BESST technology for optimised aesthetics for Chanel’s “Les Beiges” beauty product.
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