Keyword: Recycling

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

The Modular Artificial-Gravity Orbital Refinery Spacecraft (MAGORS) is a technology from NASA Ames Research Center for in-situ refining or recycling of materials in space, including mass...

Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Making one kilometer of a two-lane road would use up about three million masks.
Briefs: Materials
The sustainable material offers a zero-waste solution to boost recycling and support the circular economy.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
A method converts cotton into sugar, which can be turned into spandex, nylon, or ethanol.
Briefs: Energy
The method replenishes lithium in electrodes while keeping the existing structure intact.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
An optimized flash process could reduce carbon emissions.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Once triggered, the enzyme-embedded plastics self-destruct, completely degrading and eliminating microplastics in days.
Q&A: Materials
A chemical process produces valuable biodegradable chemicals from discarded plastics.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The reaction converts 90% of plastic to jet fuel and other valuable hydrocarbon products within an hour at moderate temperatures.
Briefs: Materials
The new battery is degradable, recyclable, non-toxic, and safer than lithium-ion batteries.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The chemical process turns plastic into biodegradable chemicals for surfactants and detergents.
Briefs: Automotive
The Battery Identity Global Passport could be accessible as a scannable QR code or a computer chip.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
By reclaiming polymers in plastics, the process could cut down on millions of tons of plastic waste.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Learn how to reuse more material without recycling.
5 Ws: Green Design & Manufacturing
A new enzyme-activated compostable material could diminish microplastics pollution.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Potential applications include lightweight building materials and growing cells for biomedical purposes.
Articles: Energy
Battery recycling, NASA's water treatment, and a wireless wearable transmitter.
Briefs: Materials

Due to the chemical stability and durability of industrial polymers, plastic waste does not easily degrade in landfills and is often burned, which produces carbon dioxide and other hazardous gases. In...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Nearly 100% of all-carbon-based transistors are reclaimed while retaining future functionality of the materials.
Briefs: Energy
The material can be recycled, making renewable energy more sustainable while lowering costs in the process.
Briefs: Materials
A chemical process converts polyethylene plastic into a strong, valuable adhesive.
Briefs: Automotive
Battery reuse systems could be profitable for both electric vehicle companies and grid-scale solar operations.
Articles: Energy
Robotic exoskeletons, a breath-test for cancer, and plastic-eating enzymes are Products of Tomorrow.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Orange peels are used to extract and reuse metals from lithium-ion batteries to create new batteries.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This versatile new material family could build realistic prosthetics and futuristic Army platforms.
Briefs: Materials
A solvent leaches cobalt and lithium for reuse from spent batteries.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
This method will enable safer fluorescent light recycling.
5 Ws: Materials
Who

Anyone who uses products made of plastic. The new recyclable plastic could be a good alternative to many nonrecyclable plastics in use today.

Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Plastic-Degrading Enzyme

Eight million metric tons of plastic waste, including polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, enter the oceans each year, creating huge manmade islands of garbage. Experts estimate that by 2050, there will be as much waste plastic in the ocean by mass as there are fish. A bacterium, Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6, can...