Plastic is here to stay. Can we make it more sustainable?
Bradley Olsen, a professor of chemical engineering at MIT and a 2020 principal investigator at the Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab (J-WAFS), whose work focuses on developing biopolymers that can compete from a material and cost perspective with petroleum-based polymers, discusses the challenges and opportunities for a bio-based plastics market. Bradley says, “We need things like clothing, health care, shelter. The idea is to provide for those needs with the best materials solution.”