Plastic Chair Made From Our Air Pollution
“Plastic surrounds us. From grocery bags and water bottles to gas caps and furniture, the petroleum-based products are ubiquitous, but the planet-warming emissions from their creation doesn’t have to be. Our chairs, bottle caps, and even laptop computer cases could all be part of the carbon emissions solution, capturing greenhouse gases within the plastic they’re made out of.
That’s the idea behind Costa Mesa, California–based Newlight Technologies’ plastic development process. It’s called AirCarbon, and instead of using petroleum or natural gas as the base for its plastic-making process, the company has developed a way to take carbon dioxide or methane—both potent greenhouse gases—mix them with a catalyst, and create a durable, flexible plastic compound that keeps heat-trapping gases from reaching the atmosphere.”