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Old 17-04-2018, 11:54 AM
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Plastic pollution

Good news if it can be used on an industrial scale. Reminds me of the post-it note invention.

"Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles"

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Old 17-04-2018, 12:08 PM
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What other things are made of PET?
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Old 17-04-2018, 12:13 PM
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What other things are made of PET?
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"Because PET is an excellent water and moisture barrier material, plastic bottles made from PET are widely used for soft drinks (see carbonation). For certain specialty bottles, such as those designated for beer containment, PET sandwiches an additional polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) layer to further reduce its oxygen permeability.

Biaxially oriented PET film (often known by one of its trade names, "Mylar") can be aluminized by evaporating a thin film of metal onto it to reduce its permeability, and to make it reflective and opaque (MPET). These properties are useful in many applications, including flexible food packaging and thermal insulation (such as space blankets). Because of its high mechanical strength, PET film is often used in tape applications, such as the carrier for magnetic tape or backing for pressure-sensitive adhesive tapes.

Non-oriented PET sheet can be thermoformed to make packaging trays and blister packs.[6] If crystallizable PET is used, the trays can be used for frozen dinners, since they withstand both freezing and oven baking temperatures. Both amorphous PET and BoPET are transparent to the naked eye. Color-conferring dyes can easily be formulated into PET sheet.

When filled with glass particles or fibres, it becomes significantly stiffer and more durable.

PET is also used as a substrate in thin film solar cells.

Terylene (a trademark formed by inversion of (polyeth)ylene ter(ephthalate)) is also spliced into bell rope tops to help prevent wear on the ropes as they pass through the ceiling.

PET is used since late 2014 as liner material in type IV composite high pressure gas cylinders. PET works as a much better barrier to oxygen than earlier used (LD)PE.[7]

PET is used in the 3D printable thermoplastic, PETG."
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Old 17-04-2018, 12:16 PM
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Should be interesting if the bacteria gets out of the dump.
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Old 17-04-2018, 01:20 PM
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Should be interesting if the bacteria gets out of the dump.
This is a good point, actually.

The way to reduce plastic pollution, is of course to recycle, but to also produce less of it in the first place. I used to work in th packaging industry, and we had two major divisions, the plastics division and the metal division. The plastics division was growing larger, and the metal division was shrinking. We seem to be totally reliant now on plastic packaging for food, but there are other sustainable options available.
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This is a good point, actually.

The way to reduce plastic pollution, is of course to recycle, but to also produce less of it in the first place. I used to work in th packaging industry, and we had two major divisions, the plastics division and the metal division. The plastics division was growing larger, and the metal division was shrinking. We seem to be totally reliant now on plastic packaging for food, but there are other sustainable options available.
I think this is first and foremost to be used to deal with recycled material, not to clean up existing landfills, the ocean etc.

Currently when you recycle a plastic bottle the resulting recycled material has very few uses. The enzyme mentioned in the report breaks the PET into its constituent parts so you would be left with the raw material needed to make more PET bottles.
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I had a kayak until last year and that was made of PET as they mostly are.
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