PLASTIC BOTTLES GET TASTY

A heap of coloured plastic bottles.

A new chemical process is being used to convert old plastic bottles into vanilla flavouring.

Scientists at the University of Edinburgh believe the breakthrough will help waste plastic become a valuable resource which can be used to make high value products and provide a greater incentive for it to be collected and recycled.

As reported in The Guardian, demand for vanillin already exceeds the supply from natural vanilla beans and some 85% of vanillin is currently made from chemicals derived from fossil fuels.

This new development therfore has “very exciting implications for the circular economy.”

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