Finding alternative fates for plastics that would otherwise end up in landfills requires innovative chemistry. Now, poly(acrylic acid) from diaper waste has been converted into valuable pressure-sensitive adhesives through an open-loop recycling method that is cost-effective and environmentally competitive.
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Borden, M.A., Leibfarth, F.A. From disposable diapers to adhesives. Nat. Chem. 13, 930–932 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41557-021-00793-0