As we all know, plastic waste is a huge problem for the planet, and the world has an increasing focus on how to gain control of the plastic pollution, and find ways to ensure a more green future.
One of the future solutions is the reuse of different materials, and sometimes, the materials can be used in somewhat unexpected ways: Researchers from University of Edinburg are working on a method to make vanilla from old plastic bottles.
Green chemical solutions
Jesper deClaville Christensen from Department of Materials and Production thinks that the reuse of plastic bottles is a good example of how you get value out of an existing problem and thereby contribute to a more green economy.
Like the researchers at University of Edinburg, Jesper deClaville Christiansen and his colleagues are also working on green chemical solutions to solve existing problems.
Quality in materials is important
One of the large challenges in the reuse of plastic is that it degrades over time. In a big research project supported by Innovationsfonden, Jesper deClaville Christiansen and his colleagues are developing methods to validate the quality of different plastic materials in order to determine, how and if the materials can be reused.
Radio interview with Jesper deClaville Christiansen
Radio4 has interviewed Jesper deClaville Christiansen to find out, how you can use plastic bottles to make vanilla, and to get more information about the reuse of materials in general.