Plastic versus bioplastic | Cosmos Weekly Taster

This article on bioplastic first appeared in Cosmos Weekly on 8 October 2021. For more stories like this, subscribe to Cosmos Weekly. I have a confession – I’ve started buying compostable baking paper. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know if it’s any better for the environment. I just saw it in the … Continue reading Plastic versus bioplastic | Cosmos Weekly Taster

Plastic versus bioplastic

I have a confession – I’ve started buying compostable baking paper. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know if it’s any better for the environment. I just saw it in the shops and got sold by the vague promises on the packaging of helping the environment. The label doesn’t even tell me … Continue reading Plastic versus bioplastic

Explainer: What is a polymer?

Polymers are used all across chemistry and materials science. With a growing need for plastics recycling and increasing interest in medical and solar research, “polymer” will likely become a word you’ll hear more, not less, over the coming decade. So what exactly is a polymer? What is a polymer? A polymer is a molecule made … Continue reading Explainer: What is a polymer?

In search of a better way with plastic

Plastic has permeated every corner of the planet, from the highest mountains to the deepest ocean trenches, from the stomachs of whales to the rock strata itself. More than 300 million tonnes are produced every year, and these will eventually break down into nanoscale particles that will never go away. But since many aspects of … Continue reading In search of a better way with plastic

Here’s proof that plastic keeps hanging around

German researchers say they have found proof of the damaging longevity of modern plastics. Not only can plastic survive virtually unscathed deep below the sea, they can disrupt the surrounding environment while they lie there. The research vessel SONNE was 815 kilometres off the coast of Peru in the eastern Pacific Ocean, working in what … Continue reading Here’s proof that plastic keeps hanging around