July 31, 2019
The International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory held its second annual sustainability workshop during the July 2019 ISSR&D Conference in Atlanta. The objective was to discuss how technology development on the ISS can uniquely contribute to industry actions addressing plastic pollution in the environment. Participants from 13 invited organizations attended, representing several economic sectors: sports, aerospace, technology, agricultural sciences, retail, advanced computing, environmental, space, government research, and technology innovation. Ideas discussed focused on remote sensing applications and the use of microgravity to study the production of environmentally friendly biopolymers that offer the potential of an alternative to nondegradable plastics. This report highlights and expands on the ideas presented and the options discussed for further action.
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