20 Facts About Our Plastic-Packed Planet and 9 Ways to Help

Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 by

  Plastic is moldable, durable, and its versatility means it’s everywhere and in everything from computers to medical devices. Its benefits are impossible to deny, but our relationship to this marvelous material is ultimately an unhealthy one. We undervalue and overuse plastic and in turn overdispose of it. Our plastic addiction has created a dilemma […]

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This ‘Bio Plastic’ Is 100% Compostable And Poised To Change The World

Posted on Friday, October 27th, 2017 by

We can’t lie to ourselves anymore. Plastic is oil. It doesn’t biodegrade (instead it photodegrades, breaking into smaller and smaller pieces). It’s poison to animals and a scourge for our wildlands and waterways. Seriously, this stuff is the worst. The problem is that — at this moment in human history — we need it. It’s […]

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Non-Profit is Turning Plastic Bottles Into Boats to Help the Community

Posted on Thursday, August 10th, 2017 by

Recycling and repurposing used plastic waste needs to be at the forefront of the fight against pollution. With millions of tons of plastic getting dumped into the world’s oceans every year, we need to do something to make a positive impact – and luckily, there are many creative people doing just that. Madiba&Nature, a non-governmental organization from […]

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5 steps toward going ‘zero waste’ in the bathroom

Posted on Friday, July 28th, 2017 by

The bathroom is one of the easiest rooms in the house to cut back on waste, although you might be surprised to hear that. With a few adjustments to your shopping habits, you may not even need a garbage can in the bathroom anymore, nor will you produce vast quantities of empty plastic containers destined […]

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Purge the plastic: How to free your kitchen of plastic

Posted on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 by

Since its inception, plastic has found its way into our homes and work lives more than most of us recognize. But when it comes to buying, cooking, and storing food, plastic is pervasive. Hundreds of studies have linked plastic to harmful side effects. And while the amount of chemicals leaching from plastics may be small, […]

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5 Companies Leading the Charge in Using Ocean Plastic in Their Products

Posted on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 by

Scientists estimate that more than 5 million pieces of plastic are floating in the world’s oceans. From flip-flops to microbeads, this pollution poses a serious risk for marine animals, which often mistake plastic for food and starve to death or get caught in plastic packaging and suffocate. Giant plastic islands like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch can […]

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5 Companies Leading the Charge in Using Ocean Plastic in Their Products

Posted on Friday, May 5th, 2017 by

Scientists estimate that more than 5 million pieces of plastic are floating in the world’s oceans. From flip-flops to microbeads, this pollution poses a serious risk for marine animals, which often mistake plastic for food and starve to death or get caught in plastic packaging and suffocate. Giant plastic islands like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch can […]

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Every single piece of plastic ever made still exists. Here’s the story.

Posted on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 by

From the moment we wake up in the morning and brush our teeth, to when we watch TV at the end of the day, plastic is all around us. So much so that it can be hard to imagine leaving the supermarket without at least one item that isn’t in a plastic container. […]

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Award-winning biodegradable agar packaging could replace plastic

Posted on Sunday, October 9th, 2016 by

A group of designers from Japan have created a prototype design that could completely change the way we deal with product packaging. The design group, AMAM, calls their project Agar Plasticity, which explores the use of a seaweed-derived substance called agar as a biodegradable substitute for conventional plastic packaging. The group found that by boiling […]

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AirCarbon wins Popular Science Innovation of the Year

Posted on Friday, May 1st, 2015 by

Every day, plants and microorganisms use greenhouse gases to make useful materials, from carbon dioxide-capturing redwood trees and coral reefs to deep sea methane-capturing hydrothermal vent ecosystems. Inspired by these carbon-capturing processes in nature, Newlight has developed, patented, and commercialized a carbon capture technology that combines air with methane emissions to produce a plastic material called AirCarbon. […]

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