Biodegradable materials and bioproducts: the same or distinct?

The Common Misconception If you are puzzled by the title thinking, “Wait a minute, aren’t biodegradable materials and bioproducts materials synonymous?”. In short, not always. Additionally, these words are not to be confused with biomaterials1 which have a completely different meaning (materials engineered to interact with biological systems). Biodegradable products Biodegradability refers to the material…

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Plastic, Plastic and More Plastic

I spent my last two years in New York City pursuing my career in Chemical Engineering. I was pleasantly surprised with the city’s efforts to motivate recycling. Columbia University had three separate cans: one for paper/cardboard, one for plastic/glass/metal, and one for trash. It was confusing but familiarizing yourself with the process goes a long…

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