Plastics and the Environment

Superglue can be turned into a recyclable, cheap, oil-free plastic alternative - here's how

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Polystyrene is one of the most widely produced and least recycled types of plastic. Image: Pexels/Tara Winstead

Allison Christy
Graduate Research Assistant, Boise State University
Scott Phillips
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Boise State University
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The new plastic is made by elongating the molecular chains that make up superglue. Image: Allison Christy, CC BY-ND.
A spoon and knife made from superglue plastic
The new superglue plastic is much easier to recycle than the kind of plastic used to make many single-use objects like cutlery. Image: Allison Christy, CC BY-ND.


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The superglue plastic can be shaped or moulded into complex designs. Image: Allison Christy, CC BY-ND.

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