‘Infinitely’ recyclable polymer shows practical properties of plastics

Posted on Friday, April 27th, 2018 by

Eugene Chen’s lab at Colorado State University has developed a completely recyclable polymer. Credit: Bill Cotton/Colorado State University The world fell in love with plastics because they’re cheap, convenient, lightweight and long-lasting. For these same reasons, plastics are now trashing the Earth. Colorado State University chemists have announced in the journal Science another major step toward […]

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A company in Ghana is turning plastic bags into roads

Posted on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 by

Only two percent of plastic trash in Ghana is recycled, according to a video from the World Economic Forum (WEF) – but one local company is hoping to change that statistic. Nelplast Ghana Limited, which focuses on industrial processing, is turning plastic bags into pavement blocks that can be used to build roads. And it’s not just plastic bags than can be utilized, […]

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Food in the nude project

Posted on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 by

The South Island New World team is doing their bit to reduce the plastic customers take home from the produce department – and they’re having a bit of fun while they’re doing it. Starting out with the dedicated team at New World Bishopdale, customers are now able to purchase fresh, delicious fruit and vegetables, nude.  […]

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Discovery of plastic-eating bacteria could lead to new ways to recycle

Posted on Sunday, January 14th, 2018 by

A newly-discovered bacterium that feeds on plastic could help develop new recycling methods. The discovery was made by researchers from Japan, who say that the microorganism is remarkable for its ability to breakdown completely a common type of plastic known as PET. This digestive process is slow, and the short-term implications of the discovery are […]

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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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