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Now your fries habit might just help tackle plastic waste

A research team used McDonald’s cooking oil for 3D printing

1y ago

Tackle the plastic waste problem whilst also continuing to indulge in my perfectly healthy all-consuming obsession with French fries, you say?

Go on, i’m listening...

Well, new research from Canada seems to point to exactly that conclusion.

Researchers at the University of Toronto Scarborough are turning used McDonald’s cooking oil into a biodegradable resin that can be used for 3D printing.

Professor Andre Simpson explained that the molecules used in commercial resins are similar to fats in cooking oil.

McDonald’s agreed to supply used oil, and the team were able to convert 1 liter of oil into 1 liter of oil into 420 milliliters of resin, which was then used to print a butterfly.

cr: University of Toronto Scarborough

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Simpson said: "We found that ... McDonald's waste cooking oil has excellent potential as a 3D printing resin.”

He added: “The reasons plastics are a problem is because nature hasn’t evolved to handle human-made chemicals. Because we’re using what is essentially a natural product, in this case fats from cooking oil, nature can deal with it much better.”

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Comments (11)

  • 1. 5 Guys, 2. Sonic

      1 year ago
  • Wendys natural cut are delicious!

      1 year ago
  • Polyurethane resins have been made from vegetable oil for decades.

    So nothing new here.

      1 year ago
  • Could you imagine if your 3D printed desk top at work smelled like fries??? You’d always feel hungry!!!

      1 year ago
  • I'll bear this in mind the next time I consider KFC, because I think their chips contribute 101% to plastic pollution

      1 year ago