A Game-Changing Method of "Upcycling" Plastics Helps Clear Path Toward a Circular Economy

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Probably the greatest barrier to recycling plastics is that the quality of the end product is far inferior to the quality of the original product, which disincentivizes would-be recyclers from investing time and resources into the process. But what if there was a way to create high quality plastic from the original material?

In the latest installment of video series “Research in 60 Seconds,” UC Santa Barbara chemical engineer Susannah Scott outlines a game-changing method of “upcycling” plastics, creating high-quality plastic molecules that would increase the appeal of recycling, allow us to repurpose existing plastic, and bring us closer to a circular economy. Click here to watch.


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