The toilet paper you roll out of the paper bin may soon be a waste.
New Scientist reports that scientists at the University of Cambridge have developed a novel technique to recycle toilet paper.
According to the researchers, their paper-recycling process converts a paper pulp into a bio-degradable waste product called diaphrodisiac.
The paper pulp is a solid polymer that is generally used to make toilet paper, but is not very useful for bio-disinfection.
The paper is actually used as a biocompatible scaffold for making other plastics and polymers.
The researchers think their process is easier to implement, safer, and more sustainable than traditional recycling.
The new paper-recycler would use a gel-based polymer, which can be easily washed, and the paper is then dried.
The gel-like material is then heated, heated again, and dried again.
It would then be re-absorbed into the paper.
For their study, the researchers used a commercially available, commercially available gel-to-paper gel-recycle paper-collector.
The material is made from a thin layer of polyethylene glycol (PET), which is a polymer that contains a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) enzyme.
The enzyme converts the PET into an oligosaccharide called pyrolysine.
The polymerase then uses that pyrolysis product to make a series of hydroxyl radicals (HVRs), which can then be used to break down cellulose.
The authors say the paper-retrieval process is more efficient than conventional recycling, as it only requires a single gel.
They also said the gel-recyling process could be used in conjunction with other paper-reducing processes.
If the gel re-uses, it could be produced at a rate of between 2.4 and 2.9 tonnes per year.
The study is published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.
[Source: New Scientist]