According to foreign media reports recently, Amazon has joined the bottom alliance, hoping to reduce plastic pollution through innovation in materials and recycling. Led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the alliance was launched in October 2020 to promote innovation and new technologies and solve the problem of plastic pollution by bringing together cutting-edge talents and capabilities from the public and private sectors.
Bottom is the abbreviation of bio optimized technologies, which is used to keep thermoplastics away from landfills and the environment. Amazon has joined a project supported by the U.S. Department of energy to help further develop chemical upgrading and recycling. This cooperation not only studies the methods of dealing with current plastic products, but also focuses on the design of recyclable plastic products in the future.
Greg Beckham, CEO of bottle and senior researcher of NREL, said: "Plastic is a widely used material, and in many ways, plastic remains the best choice. Finding a better way to recycle disposable plastics while reducing and eventually eliminating their use is a major challenge in this era, and the company will strive to pursue scientific progress in this regard. With Amazon's innovative expertise, the company is happy to work together to find a potential to have a huge and positive impact Solutions. "
Amazon's team of materials scientists and experts also joined the alliance. They hope to develop technologies and materials that can achieve net zero carbon throughout the life cycle of plastics. The cooperation will develop new energy-saving technologies to decompose different types of plastics into valuable materials that can be used to manufacture the same type of plastics or new plastics. The molecular structure of new materials can be biodegradable in the natural environment.
It is reported that this is another effort by Amazon to eliminate or reduce packaging waste. By 2021, Amazon's packaging weight per shipment had been reduced by 36%, totalling 1 million tons, while increasing the use of recyclable materials.