About the research
Recycling plastic is kind of like eating spaghetti. With this analogy Christian Taplan (Universiteit Gent) introduces us into the world of plastic recycling. Did you know that -in principle- lots of plastics are recyclable, except from the kind of plastics you find in tires or the 'plastic' foam you find in your sofa or mattress? Christian is working on a new and very promising type of plastic materials, called ‘vitrimers’, to stuff our sofas and mattresses. These could be recycled and used over and over again, while maintaining the same material properties. Say spaghetti-i-i-i!