Researchers Create Plastic-Degrading Enzyme

An international team of researchers from the United States, UK and Brazil has engineered an enzyme which can digest polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the primary material used in the manufacture of single-use plastic beverage bottles, in some clothing, and in carpets. The research team made the breakthrough when they were examining the structure of PETase, a […]

Join our fight to end plastic menace, Theresa May urges Commonwealth

Theresa May will call on Commonwealth countries to ban single-use plastic and microbeads this week when she chairs the largest summit in British history. The prime minister will announce that Britain is investing £61.4m to tackle the scourge of marine plastic pollution and urge the other 52 leaders to sign up to a global crusade […]

Woolworths and Coles to withdraw plastic bags in some stores three months before bans come into effect

IF YOU haven’t already started, now is the time to start storing away your plastic shopping bags. From 1 July, free single use plastic bags will be banned virtually nationwide, with major retailers Coles and Woolworths also adding NSW to the list despite the Government there saying they can remain in place. But if you’re […]

Maha govt defends plastic ban in high court

Justifying its decision to ban plastic goods including the one-time-use carry bags, the Maharashtra government today told the Bombay High Court that plastic waste is a serious environmental hazard which affects the health of human beings and animals. The government, on March 23, imposed a ban on “manufacture, sale, use, distribution and storage” of several […]

Dow unveils three new LSR technologies

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Dow Medical Solutions continues to push the boundaries of its silicone offerings to the medical industry. The business unit of DowDuPont’s Specialty Products Division showcased three new liquid silicone rubber technologies—two grades of its QP1-33XX LSR and a new QP1-5040 self-adhesive LSR grade. “There’s an element of productivity and cost reduction in both of […]