The plastic breaks down contaminants through active oxidation. Credit: University of Bristol
Plastic waste used for the good: polystyrene used to remove carcinogenic dyes - short science news

Plastic takes usually the blame for pollution, but it can also be beneficial when used correctly. A new study showed that polystyrene, a type of plastic, can be processed in a new innovative way and converted into a new type of material with useful properties. The new material can efficiently remove synthetic dyes, used in the clothing industry, known to be carcinogenic. This discovery may help to turn big quantities of polluting plastics into useful materials with applications in water purification.

Read the full story: University of Bristol
Scientific publication: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces