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Plastic Waste Can be Used as Raw Material for Detergents

Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have devised an innovative process to repurpose single-use plastics, turning them into valuable alkyl aromatics, which are essential components of detergents and other useful chemicals. The method involves breaking down the strong carbon-carbon bonds in plastic and rearranging the molecular chains into alkyl aromatic rings. By increasing the acidity of the catalyst used in the process, the researchers enhanced the speed and efficiency of the conversion, while operating at moderate temperatures with low energy input. The improved process has the potential to transform a significant amount of plastic waste into valuable molecules that can be used in the production of detergents and cleansers, contributing to the reduction of plastic pollution and offering an alternative to fossil fuel-intensive processes.




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  • Ann Nyambura

    42 w

    Brilliant example of turning a problem into a solution

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    • Videlis Eddie

      42 w

      Amazing such inventions deserve more climate love.....

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      • We Don't Have Time

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        • rosebellendiritu

          42 w

          I like the way how easy it is even locally to make detergent out of almost scratch

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          • Gorffly mokua

            42 w

            Such innovations should be supported and also embraced by other countries.

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            • Ajema Lydiah

              42 w

              interesting,reduce,reuse and recycle should be the key to mitigating climate change

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              • Elizabeth Gathigia

                42 w

                This is great

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                • Annett Michuki..

                  42 w

                  great idea

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                  • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

                    42 w

                    Amazing invention

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                    • Tabitha Kimani

                      42 w

                      great invention

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                        • bonke reinhard

                          42 w

                          I think this can reduce the pollution's if environment though plastics should be barned completely

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