Capturing Carbon to Create Greener Plastics

Scientists are investigating potential methods to remove carbon dioxide from smokestack emissions. The emissions would then be used to make a raw material that could be used in the production of products made from polycarbonate plastics such as DVDs, CD-ROMS and beverage bottles.

Aside from the obvious benefit (reduction of CO2 released into the atmosphere to combat climate change), by using CO2 as a feedstock for the chemical industry; countless plastic products could be turned into a sort of “carbon sink”. According to experts this “could offer consumers less expensive, and safer than current production methods.

According to chemist Thomas E. Müller, Ph.D, it may only be a few years “before CO2-derived polymers are available to the public.”


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