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Let’s transform CO2 into Plastic

Fariha Marjia
Let’s transform CO2 into Plastic

A 16 year old inventor Nasser Issa Al-Jimaz, has taken the world of innovation and creativity by storm. His innovation show cased a whole new mechanism that could reduce the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions significantly by absorbing them from air then using chemicals to treat the samples and finally turning them into useable plastic granules. He has won the silver award at the 44th International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva (2016) for innovations in the field of environment protection.
The arbitration panel appraised Al-Jimaz’s innovative technique, saying it is “cost effective”, and creates a massive job market for many people of the community. Moreover, they believe such environment friendly creations will bring about a positive change in the environment.

Kuwait’s permanent representative to the United Nations and international organizations in Geneva, Ambassador Jamal Al-Ghunaim, explained how Nasser Al- Jimaz set an example for the youth. Such early awareness and caution for environmental problems will surely contribute to resolving such problems and maybe saving the blue planet from the consequences of environmental pollution and degradation. 

Nasser Issa Al-Jimaz is the youngest inventor taking part in the 44th international competition from Kuwait. Al-Jimaz had always been curious from desire of creativity. He discovered his calling for chemistry at the age of eight while joining the Scientific Centre. At the beginning, he stuck to only mixing liquids and gases at the laboratory but the more he learned the more he grew. The young inventor not only had a knack for chemistry but was also a concerned citizen of Kuwait, aware of the environment deterioration, pollution and hazards threatening the Earth and the human race. Out of all the waste gets thrown out every single day, bananas caught his attention as their peels contain an aster which can be transformed into plastic. “I engaged myself in lengthy studies looking for methods how to treat the banana aster with chemical substances,” he said. “I could not sleep at night when I discovered the combination and my family was overwhelmed with joy realizing that my joining of the Scientific Club was not a waste of time.” He further explained how he directed the carbon dioxide gas into a series of chemical reactions before producing the tiny plastic pieces in form of granules. 

Al-Jimaz confessed that his invention using the gas is better than other proposed methods, which include dissipating the carbon dioxide directly into sea and oceans’ waters. The plastic granules are used in various plastic industries.
The unique annual international exhibition sponsored by the Swiss Federal Government and of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), highlights 1,000 new inventions and products; it gathers 752 exhibitors from 48 countries between April 13 and 17.

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