We find plastics everywhere in our daily routine, from the automobiles we drive to the packaging of our foods. Plastics are strong, lightweight, and eminently useful. Over the past few decades, though, the public has become aware of the environmental impacts plastics can have. These concerns have inspired researchers to develop new techniques for producing plastic and have placed a focus on ensuring plastic is properly handled after it has been used. Here is some information on a few recent breakthroughs!