University of Amsterdam
As a solution to the growing plastic waste problems, researchers of the University of Amsterdam made a new step in the development of Plantics, the only thermoset plastic that is both biobased and biodegradable. All inflexible plastic items used in homes and buildings can be made from this polymer: computer and telephone casings, insulation foam, trays, tables and lamps. This marks a milestone in the battle against the mounting pile of plastic waste and the plastic soup in the oceans. Plantics' substance easily adheres to other materials and can therefore be used in combination with stainless steel and glass. Further development still needed since Plantics plastic cannot be used in equipment outside the house or office.