Turning plastic waste into sustainable and reusable chemicals

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The reality: In every country and in every city, waste is managed differently. There are some cities where plastics waste are not recycled. In fact, worldwide only 9% of plastics gets recycled. Yao and Wang are out to change that statistic!

When they were young, both Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao attended Magee Secondary School in Vancouver, British Columbia. They were in grade 12 when they participated in the Sanofi Biogenius Canada Competition. With the assistance of mentors from the University of British Columbia, they found bacteria in the Fraser River which breaks down pollutant plastics while excluding other food sources.

That was just the beginning, as later they founded BioCellection, a chemical platform that upcycles plastics. Their technology uses a new chemical process to transform mixed and contaminated plastics, which are mostly unrecyclable, into virgin-quality chemicals that can then be reused. Their efforts have already saved 10,000 plastic bags from ending up in landfills and oceans.

To learn more, visit:  www.novoloop.com 

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