Renewlogy announces Research partnership with Reef Life Restoration to make Eco Cement from hard-to-recycle plastics
Written by Renewlogy
Salt Lake City, UT (Dec. 9, 2017) –
Renewlogy and Reef Life Restoration have entered into a research collaboration to embed difficult-to-recover plastics into marine infrastructure aimed at redeveloping areas around coral reefs. By 2050 it is estimated that over 90% of the oceans coral reefs will die. It is also estimated that there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans by weight by 2050. This innovative collaboration is aimed at finding a circular economy solution that addresses both reef destruction in addition to plastic pollution.
Renewlogy has been a technology leader in developing solutions to plastic waste ever since it was founded at MIT in 2011. Through Renewlogy’s proprietary chemical recycling process, it reverses non-recycled plastic back into its basic molecular structure to create high-value products such as fuels. This new collaboration will allow it to also convert certain non-recycled plastic streams into the building blocks of eco cement which can be used in Reef Life’s structures such as living sea walls, category-5 windbreak panels, and floating platforms in areas near sculptural dive reefs.
“We are thrilled to partner with Renewlogy and combine our research efforts and embed their plastic research into the nanomaterials research we have done to engineer a future class of marine infrastructure with dual purpose: waste encapsulation and advanced performance” said Reef Life’s CEO and Founder Melody Saunders Brenna. “This research represents a significant breakthrough in addressing both plastic pollution as well as marine infrastructure. This is a truly sustainable solution that would allow us to be able to even further broaden the range of plastics we currently process” added Renewlogy’s CEO Priyanka Bakaya.