Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers determined that designing polymers specifically with upcycling in mind could reduce future plastic waste considerably and facilitate a circular economy where the material is used repeatedly.

Geosynthetic Polymers (Geomembrane and Geotextile): Surface rupturing during earthquakes is a significant risk to any structure.Polymers can protect buildings from large fault ruptures.

Numerous plastic products are made of polyurethanes. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a manufacturing method for polyurethanes that avoids use of toxic isocyanates while making use of carbon dioxide as a starting material.