Plas­tic that dis­in­te­grates

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PLAS­TIC WASTE takes ages to de­grade. But a new type of plas­tic has been cre­ated which can be bro­ken down to mol­e­cules by ex­pos­ing it to ul­tra­vi­o­let light for a few hours. The mol­e­cules can then be reused to cre­ate new plas­tic. The re­cy­clable poly­mer has been cre­ated from oilseed, cel­lu­lose, lignin and su­crose. Ange­wandte Chemie, Novem­ber 12

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