3D Printer Able to Create Eco-friendly Plastic
Eco-friendly products have been developed by scientists and designers from all around the world for nearly a century. Unfortunately, they are not all around us. Many of them, including waste products, are discarded into the surrounding environment, or into landfills where take a lifetime to decompose.
This waste is a major contributor to air pollution and climate change. It also ruins areas of land that could be used for better purposes. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Scientists yesterday found a possible solution – design a product that is both recyclable and sustainable.
“It’s a really exciting time to be a designer,” said Dr. Lesley Clark, of the University of Maryland’s Center for Compost and Energy Innovation, who is also the lead author of the study. “We can be more conscious of what we create and how we make it. There’s an opportunity for designers to be more mindful of the impact we have in the world.”
The work of the scientists at the Center for Compost and Energy Innovation is interesting because it involves making waste products fully recyclable as well as using less energy.
The team created a prototype that can 3d print recyclable materials into items that would otherwise be trash such as plastic bags
The recycled material can then be reused in the manufacture of recycled plastics, recycled paper, and recycled textiles, using a recycling facility that can be trusted to recycle everything properly and with the environment’s health in mind.