We have a massive plastic pollution problem, with no solution in sight.
By 2030, you’ll have to bring a reusable cup to get coffee in the EU.
The forgotten ingredient of a Coke — plastic.
The Arctic is screwed.
It’s literally everywhere.
Pass me the sea salt please, and hold the plastic.
It overcomes a major hurdle in plastic recycling.
California confirms its status as a leader in American sustainability, becoming the first US state ever to ban plastic bags.
A few cents can make a big difference.
The company has chosen to award the shoes via a raffle system on Instagram
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
The unlikely ally is silk.
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.
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.
They may not look like much, but coffee pods are a big problem.
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.
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.
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.
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.