Category: Plastic Pollution

  • What’s Worrying the Plastics Industry? Your Reaction to All That Waste, for One

    HOUSTON — One by one, they stepped to a clear plastic lectern at the Global Plastics Summit here and talked about what their companies were doing in response to the world’s crisis in plastics waste. Representing businesses all along the supply and packaging chain, the speakers suggested solutions ranging from new technology that would take […]

  • Plastic Packaging Alternatives

    Tired of plastic pollution? There are many alternatives. Why should we and brands care about plastic pollution? Plastics is one of the biggest challenges the world is facing right now. Thanks to David Attenborough’s Blue Planet, consumers are suddenly aware of the thousands of tonnes of plastic filling the ocean. As plastic is so prolifically […]

  • What Laws Work Best to Cut Plastic Pollution?

    Experts have recommended how the United States can drastically curb the use of throwaway plastics with new federal legislation. Read more about how do you solve a problem this big? What Works There are currently no federal laws restricting single-use plastics, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t good examples that could serve as useful templates. […]

  • Where Will Your Plastic Trash Go Now That China Doesn’t Want It?

    What should wealthy countries do with their plastic waste now that China no longer is buying it? For years, America sold millions of tons of used yogurt cups, juice containers, shampoo bottles and other kinds of plastic trash to China to be recycled into new products. And it wasn’t just the U.S. Some 70 percent […]

  • In the Deepest Ocean Trenches, Animals Eat Plastic

    Alan Jamieson remembers seeing it for the first time: a small, black fiber floating in a tube of liquid. It resembled a hair, but when Jamieson examined it under a microscope, he realized that the fiber was clearly synthetic—a piece of plastic. And worryingly, his student Lauren Brooks had pulled it from the gut of […]

  • Mushrooms have the power to eat plastic say scientists

    Fungi can be used to break down waste plastic and create sustainable building materials, according to scientists from Kew Gardens in London. The State of the World’s Fungi 2018 report – the first of its kind – highlights the aspergillus tubingensis fungus, found in a Pakistani rubbish tip and first documented in 2017. It claims […]

  • A Mini Farm That Produces Food From Plastic-Eating Mushrooms

    According to one recent study, there’s at least 5 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean. That’s more than 250 tons. So what to do with mountains of plastic waste with nowhere to go? Katharina Unger thinks we should eat it. The Austrian designer partnered with Julia Kaisinger and Utrecht University to develop a system […]