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  • Improving the Adhesion Strength of Polypropylene Nonwoven Laminated Fabrics Using Low-Pressure Plasma

    Osman Gazi Armağan, Burçak Karagüzel Kayaoğlu,Hale Canbaz Karakaş, *Fatma Seniha GünerFaculty of Textile Technologies and Design, Textile Engineering,*Department of Chemical Engineering, Istanbul Technical University,Istanbul, Turkey Corresponding author:E-mail: bkayaoglu@itu.edu.tr AbstractIn this study, the adhesion strength properties of laminated polypropylene nonwoven fabrics treated with low-temperature, low-pressure, radio frequency argon plasma were investigated. The change in wettability was […] More

  • Over regulation will not solve plastic waste problems, we need to transform the market and municipal services

    An oft-repeated saying in India is that our environmental laws are good, but their implementation is poor. I have always disagreed with this simply because the primary reason for a law’s poor implementation lies in its flawed design. Most environmental laws in India are designed using a top-down approach, with an inadequate understanding of ground […] More

  • How scuba divers are turning ocean waste into COVID face masks

    Scuba divers are recycling plastic bottles into face masks amdist COVID-19. Diving organization PADI is using ocean plastic to make face masks. Across the world, makers are turning plastic waste into PPE. One group invented a device to avoid picking up the virus from door handles. A group of scuba divers have come up with […] More

  • Montpelier spin studio using plastic pods to prevent virus spread

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) A spin studio in Montpelier is using plastic pods surrounding their spin bikes so that students don’t have to wear masks while they work out. “They weren’t part of the mandate, but we put them in place because we thought they were amazing and they would make people feel more comfortable,” said Sky […] More

  • Researchers Made Transparent, Breathable and Biodegradable Face Masks Called ‘HelloMasks’

    Melissa Castellanos / Jun 10, 2020  / Medical Researchers from the EPFL’s EssentialTech Center and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology have developed a better alternative to the standard surgical face mask – an almost completely transparent, breathable, protective, biodegradable and recyclable face mask. They’re appropriately called HelloMasks as facial expressions will finally be seen and they are […] More

  • Protector or polluter? The impact of COVID-19 on the movement to end plastic waste

    Plastics play a key role in protecting people, especially frontline workers, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Informal waste pickers are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic. Corporations are rethinking recycling plans and sustainability commitments in the face of economic turmoil. The increase in single-use plastics will have long-term impacts on the environment. Versatile, affordable and ever-present, […] More

  • PODCAST: Can chemicals sustainability agenda survive the pandemic?

    Author: Will Beacham 2020/05/18 BARCELONA (ICIS)–With economies collapsing around the world and chemical supply chains under intense pressure, the circular economy and the  sustainability agenda also faces disruption. – Recycled polymer markets squeezed as virgin prices fall– Bankruptcies and closures possible in May/June– Commitments and targets on sustainability likely to remain in place– But the […] More

  • Sector’s current focus: policy, demand and COVID-19 Posted on June 3, 2020

    Although they can’t meet in person, plastics recycling stakeholders this week are still coming together for the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) members meeting, being held online for the first time. During the first day of the virtual gathering, the trade association offered updates on its recent work, discussed market trends, touched on COVID-19 impacts, […] More

  • Plastics post-pandemic: Tragedy or opportunity?

    Karso, a scavenger, looks for used plastic bottles in a mountain of garbage engulfing the Ciliwung River, across Jl. Raya Bogor in Depok, West Java, on Monday. Garbage flowing from upstream Bogor in West Java and household waste contribute to the pilling-up of garbage in the river. (JP/P. J. Leo) Indonesia is one of the […] More

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