Yesterday was International Recycling Day (May 17th, 2021) and it wraps up more focus on how plastics can be re-used and repurposed.

This year, at the Reina Sofia National Museum hosted a pop-up installation of The Plastic Museum, a pre-fab museum designed by Delavegacanolasso

was up for two weeks before being completely taken down and recycled on International Recycling Day, yesterday. Rather than using material and immediately discarding it, the museum showed its ability to enhance our daily lives as well as the possibilities for the material following its initial life. The museum highlighted both essential uses as well as embracing its eco-friendly design, as well as the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling material to give it another life.

The museum was primarily constructed of materials such as polyethylenes, polycarbonates, and PVC materials.

Speaking of recycling and giving new life to materials, recently Washington State University researchers have developed ways to convert those aforementioned polyethylenes into jet fuels to help with waste material and provide an essential product that can be used to further extend the useful life of the material it was initially converted from.

The most exciting part of this development is also how much quicker and seemingly easier it is for the conversion than typical chemical breakdown operations. Within an hour at 220c, material can be converted to jet fuel or other usable hydrocarbon products as they see fit based on need.

Despite the restrictions we've had from Covid19, despite the massive increase in single use plastics usage, and despite increased pressure to clean up the environment of micro plastics; developments continue to be come our way and innovative and creative new ways to embrace plastics always find their way to the forefront and continue to give us a path to the future.