Future of CDs in carbon emissions
Scientists believe that CO2 emissions could become a raw material for the production of polycarbonate plastics used to make CDs and DVDs.
A study has described how polycarbonate plastics could be produced from CO2. This has raised the prospect of cheaper and more environmentally friendly plastic products.
Professor Thomas Muller, academic at Germany's RWTH Aachen University, said: "Using CO2 to create polycarbonates might not solve the total carbon dioxide problem, but it could be a significant contribution."
He is working with industrial giant Bayer to research carbon capture but stressed that the development of plastic consumer products from carbon emissions was just "a matter of a few year" away.
The study was released at the American Chemical Society's national meeting in New Orleans.
Companies which manufacture CDs and DVDs for organisations have begun to offer packaging that is made from recycled materials in order to help customers promote themselves as ecologically responsible.
Article Date: 10 April 2008
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