Plastic Pollution: Problem of the Past?

Plastic pollution is a serious problem, as about 800 million pounds of plastics and polymers are produced annually worldwide. Now, a team at Northwestern, led by Professor John Torkelson, has discovered a way to break down and reuse previously unrecyclable plastics. Watch this video to learn more about the method.

“You could take an empty 2-liter soda bottle and cut that into bits, reprocess it and form another bottle from that material,” says John Torkelson , the Walter P. Murphy Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at McCormick.