Virtually all sea salt is contaminated with microplastic, study finds

Pass me the sea salt please, and hold the plastic.

Your phone’s case and your car’s tires may soon be made from renewable, plant sugars

Sweet.

Additive recycles incompatible mixed plastics into uber-polymer

It overcomes a major hurdle in plastic recycling.

California becomes the first US state to ban plastic bags

California confirms its status as a leader in American sustainability, becoming the first US state ever to ban plastic bags.

Number of plastic bags found on UK shores almost halved after just 5p tax

A few cents can make a big difference.

Adidas to award first 50 pairs of recycled ocean trash sneakers

The company has chosen to award the shoes via a raffle system on Instagram

Edible “Six-Pack Ring” is a great concept for marine wildlife

What if I told you that you could help wildlife by drinking beer? Saltwater Brewery, a Delray Beach (Florida) company, has developed a six-pack for beers that actually helps sea creatures instead of risking their lives. We use a lot of plastic – a whole lot. If there’s anything about humanity that leaves a mark on the planet, it’s plastic. But

New packaging keeps food fresh way longer, without any plastic

The unlikely ally is silk.

First plastic-eating bacteria might one day help solve our trash problems

Japanese researchers have identified a bacteria that eats PET, a kind of plastic widely employed for bottles. This is the first time such an organism has been found, and others like it — maybe more versatile in their preference for plastic — might be found.

Renewable plastic made from CO2 and waste agriculture

Making bottles to meet America’s demand for bottled water uses more than 17 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year. Instead of petroleum, Stanford researchers have found a creative way to make plastic for bottles sourced from CO2 and inedible plants like waste agriculture or grasses.

Hamburg becomes the first city to ban coffee pods

They may not look like much, but coffee pods are a big problem.

New, fully recyclable and biodegradable plastic could change the world

Colorado State University chemists have done the impossible: they’ve synthesized a fully recyclable, biodegradable polymer. Their work will not only keep countless tons of plastic from piling up in the landfills in the future, but also break petroleum’s grip on the polymer industry.

Plastic-eating worm might pave the way for ocean clean-up

When it comes to human waste products and pollutants, plastic claims the crown. There are very few things our planet can throw at it to get rid of the polymer. It becomes bendy and rippy and shredy but it just won’t go away. When you compound the resilience of this headstrong material with the sheer quantities of it that we dump into the oceans, it looks like a pretty one-sided battle that nature can’t win, despite all our desperate efforts to increase recycling and take it out of landfills.

But now it seems that mother nature still had a trick up her sleeve, and the non-biodegradable reign of plastic is about to come to an end, undermined by the heroic appetite of the mealworm.

Self-healing bioplastic stitches itself back together when water is added

When your plastic device breaks, there’s basically nothing else to do but shrug, try to glue it then go on with your life. But wouldn’t it be useful if the plastic itself could fix itself? Let me illustrate with the latest creation to come off the Pennsylvania State University lab: a bioplastic containing a novel mix of proteins derived from squid sucker ring teeth that can fuse back together when water is added. Once its ‘healed’, the bulk bioplastic return to its previous compression and tensile strength, so its not fragile.

Plastic debris in 90% of seabirds’ guts

Researchers studying the plastic problem our ocean is facing predict that by 2050 nearly every single maritime bird species will have plastic pieces inside their digestive systems. The grim prediction is based on a new study showing that about 90 percent of seabirds today have plastic in their bodies.

NASA research put together into a video showing how the ocean’s garbage patches formed over the last 35 years

Aaah, the ocean. The true final frontier. Full of wonderful and exciting things, such as strange fish, stranger crustaceans, beautiful hydrothermal vents, and lovely, ever-growing garbage patches.

Adidas unveils new sneakers made from recycled ocean trash

Adidas new shoes are trash – literally. The German company has announced the creation of a new type of shoes made from recycled garbage pulled out of the ocean; the sustainable prototype has the upper part made entirely of yarns and filaments reclaimed from illegal deep-sea gillnets and other ocean waste, while the bottom part is made from sustainable cushioning material. The

Mexican Researchers Turn Old Plastic Bottles Into Waterproof Paper

A team of Mexican researchers found a way to save 20 trees and 56,000 liters of water for every ton of paper produced – just make them from old plastic bottles. Plastic is one of the main pollutants in the world – the ocean is basically a cemetery for used plastic, with at least 5 trillion pieces floating around in

Ocean sediments are a cemetery for plastic

A few days ago we were telling you about a study which quantified the amount of plastic in the Earth’s waters – 5.25 trillion pieces which weigh an estimated 269,000 tonnes. But another study found that tens of thousands of plastic (or even more) are actually lying on the bottom of the ocean floor, trapped in mud and sand. Previous studies

Full extent of plastic in world’s oceans quantified: over 5 trillions of pieces of plastic

We all know that our oceans are polluted, and one of the biggest problems is plastic pollution. But few people really realize just how much plastic is in the waters – a new study estimates that there are at least 5.25 trillion pieces which weigh an estimated 269,000 tonnes. The real number however may be even much larger than that. Plastic