In 2019, the International Space Station, orbiting earth at an altitude of 409 km, will get precious new equipment: a plastic recycler. The machine was produced by both Braskem and Made In Space, Inc. to recycle all green plastic used by the station's 3D printer. Green plastic is produced by processing sugar cane ethanol. With this new technology, printed tools and other materials used onboard will be recycled and reused 'locally', closing the green plastic cycle in space.
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