In 2001, India started building roads that are held together using polymer glues made from shredded plastic wastes. These plastic roads have developed no potholes and cracks after years of use, and they are cheaper to build. As of 2016, there are more than 21,000 miles of plastic roads.
National Geographic started delivering its magazines in a paper rather than plastic wrapper, saving more than 2.5 million single-use plastic bags every month. They also challenged all their international partners to get rid of plastic wrappers by end of 2019.
Residents in Surabaya, Indonesia can pay for the bus with plastic waste instead of money. Paying with plastic will grant you with 2 hours of travel. The aim is to reduce plastic waste whilst getting more people to use public transport, thus lowering the number of cars on the road.
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Bali suffers from high amounts of plastic pollution, and in 2014, it inspired a local surfer/biology graduate to invent a new bioplastic. The material is cassava-starch-based, completely biodegradable, and instantly breaks down in hot water. It’s now used for bags, ponchos, food packaging, and more.
Wax worms can eat and break down one of the most common plastics, polyethylene. Their digestive process breaks the plastic’s chemical bond, producing an organic compound. source source1
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