Polymeric Materials for Sustainable Development

With the rise of technologies such as AI, VPN authority, andBlockchain which play a critical role in sustainable development, there has been concerns over the use of polymeric materials and their effects on sustainable development.

When we talk about sustainable development, it is all the efforts leading to human development while at the same time not compromising the ability of the natural resources to provide for future generations, and this has been enabled by such technologies.

Polymeric materials are simply plastics. They are formed through the combination of chemical molecules known as monomers. These materials are also known as polymers. Polers have been an environmental concern for a while and have brought up a global debate. Many nations have invested in finding substitutes for the products and have placed bans on a number of them.

It is, however, important to note that it is not always possible to avoid polymeric materials. They have a wide array of applications like tissue engineering, manufacturing of biosensors, cosmetics and so on. The list is endless.

While most of them have significantly contributed to environmental pollution. There are still polymeric materials that could be used for sustainable development.

Biodegradable plastics

To ward off the environmental hazards caused by the use of plastic, it is time that industries started to use substitutes like the biodegradable plastics. These kinds of polymeric materials contain adhesives which do a great job in increasing the rate of decomposition. They work together with light and oxygen and break down the plastic into non-toxic materials.

Bioplastics

These are the other polymeric materials that are not toxic to the environment. They are made from natural materials. As a result, when they breakdown they do not lead to an increase in the levels of carbon dioxide in the environment. Such materials include corn-starch. Also, the other advantage of bioplastics is that they consume less energy during production as compared to traditional plastics.

Recycled plastics

While these have a disadvantage when it comes to the amount of energy and time used in production, they still offer sustainability. How? If plastic products are used to create other plastic products through recycling, it reduces the amount of plastic in the environment.

 Global concerns on the contribution of polymeric materials to environmental pollution have led to companies taking responsibility in the way they consume these materials.  They are opting for more eco-friendly products. As a result, there has been a noticeable improvement in the control of the presence of these polymers in the environment.