Preface: So, I was asked if we can somehow tie Moon Day with petrochemicals. I said that I’m pretty sure space suits are made from synthetic materials, so that’s a pretty good tie-in.
Plastic roads and buildings, the influence of energy and petrochemicals in geopolitics, and chemical and molecular recycling processes that could create a truly circular economy for plastic products were just a few of the topics discussed at AFPM’s 44th International Petrochemical Conference (IPC) in San Antonio last week.
As petrochemicals and recycling advancements give old plastic new life over and over again—from shoes and clothes made of recycled plastic recovered from the ocean, to plastic bottles being chemically recycled into fuel and a raw material to make new petrochemicals—what it means to “recycle” is changing right before our eyes.
With the global population rising and a decline in arable land for crop production, people are looking for solutions to feed a growing world.
With the rising demand for renewable energy in the United States, many are turning to solar power to meet their energy needs.
In a health care revolution, the Cardiac 3D Print Lab at Phoenix Children’s Hospital is making model organs out of plastics to help save children’s lives.
Dan’s legs – and his life – were saved, thanks to the fellow firefighters that pulled him out of danger and his personal protective equipment (PPE), also known as turnout gear, gear that’s made possible by petrochemicals.