Polyurethanes in products from cushy sofas to stretchy spandex have made sitting, sleeping and walking more comfortable. But once they have served their purpose, most of the non-degradable materials pile up in landfills. Now scientists report in the journal ACS Macro Letters a potential way to reduce future waste: a chemically recyclable foam made using a new sugar-derived material.
No one is happy to hear these news, but it is still a reality we face nowadays.. Post-mortem on thirteen dead sperm whales finds their stomachs full of plastic. The plastic included a 13-metre-long fisherman’s net and a 70-centimetre piece of plastic from a car.
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