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We’ve got a plastic problem — and spider silk may be the solution

The Next Web Tuesday, 15 June 2021
We’ve got a plastic problem — and spider silk may be the solutionPlastics are very useful materials. They’ve contributed significant benefits to modern society. But the unprecedented amount of plastics produced over the past few decades has caused serious environmental pollution. Packaging alone was responsible for 46% out of 340 million tonnes of plastic waste generated globally in 2018. Although plastic recycling has increased significantly in recent years, most plastics used today are single-use, non-recyclable and non-biodegradable. The demand for food will double by 2050. This will probably increase the amount of waste from food and its plastic packaging, putting poorer countries under tremendous pressure to manage waste disposal. To tackle the…

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News video: New Spider-Silk-Like Material Could Help Solve Plastic Problem

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Researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed a spider-silk-like material that could help solve plastic waste.

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