Circular Economy Case Studies
Every year, a considerable amount of waste is produced and toxic substances are released into the environment as a result of the degradation of the material due to water and dust. For example, more than 150 million smartphones are thrown away per year. However, this number could be drastically decreased using biotechnology. By studying the surface of a pigeon’s feather and the lotus leaves, researchers were able to create a superhydrophobic polymer that could prevent water and dirt from affecting materials such as metals, textiles, medical devices, and more. The surfaces are fabricated so that it creates grooves at a nano-level which will make it a hydrophobic surface. Creating such surfaces will lessen the amount of waste, thereby improving the environment as a whole.