IBM scientists discover process to turn old smartphones into non-toxic plastic
Research scientists with IBM have discovered a recycling
Research scientists with @IBM have discovered a recycling process to help convert old smartphones and CDs into non-toxic, high-strength plastics.
According to a press statement by #IBM, every year the world generates more than 2.7 million tons of a plastic, known as polycarbonates, to create common household items, such as CDs, baby bottles, eyeglass lenses and smartphones. Over time, polycarbonates decompose and leach BPA, a chemical which potentially damaging effects on the brain.
Now IBM scientsits from the company’s Almaden lab in San Jose, California, have discovered a new, one-step chemical process that converts polycarbonates into plastics safe for water purification, fiber optics and medical equipment.