a 24-year-old has invented a new way to break down plastic waste and prevent it from landing in the ocean

A 24-year-old has invented a new way to break down plastic waste and prevent it from landing in the ocean

Pritzker winner Miranda Wang is the cofounder and CEO of BioCellection, a company that focuses on recycling polyethylenes, the most common but least recyclable type of plastic. Most polyethylenes, like bubble wrap and plastic bags, end up in landfills.

In early November, Wang’s company received a $100,000 prize for the invention from UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. The annual award, funded by the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation, honors innovators under the age of 40.