Plastic Attack

By Carol Brighton | Plastic Pollution Issues & Solutions

Instead Of Throwing Out This Plastic Wrapper, You Eat It

Evoware is made from seaweed–and if you don’t feel like eating it, it will biodegrade just fine.<p>If you buy a Belgian waffle at a food festival this weekend in Ubud, Bali, you’ll be able to eat the wrapper it comes in. A waffle vendor is one of the early customers testing new food packaging made …

Recycling

Chinese scientists have found a plastic-eating fungus

<b>In brief</b><p>Researchers have identified a fungus that can break down plastics. The species could be a useful tool as we attempt to reduce the impact of …

Biology

The Great Ocean Wave of Synthetic Clothing Pollution

Problem 1: More synthetic microfibers than plankton<p>Recyced Polyester – upcycled plastic waste from oceans<p>Recycled Nylon/ Econyl – upcycled discarded …

Recycling

Would You Buy a Plastic Suit From Stella McCartney?

The newest luxury material to hit high-fashion rails has nothing to do with centuries of artisanal tradition or rare and exotic animals, and everything to do with ... garbage. And it is coming soon to a Stella McCartney store near you.<p>On Tuesday, with World Oceans Day around the corner, the label …

Stella McCartney

Packaging Food With Food to Reduce Waste

For the environmentally conscious eater, they are among the most inconvenient truths: Too much food goes to waste. Too much packaging comes with the food. And too much of the packaging is made to last for ages.<p>Now there may be a single answer to all three problems: using excess food to make the …

Recycling

Big Oil Is Betting on Plastics. It May Be a Risky Bet.

By<p>Amy Myers Jaffe<p>Amy Myers Jaffe<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p><i>Amy Myers Jaffe (</i><i>@AmyJaffeenergy</i><i>) is executive director of energy and sustainability at the University of California, Davis, Graduate School of Management. She was formerly the director of the Energy Forum at the James A. Baker III</i> …

Oil

Microplastics Are Infiltrating Nearly Every Body of Water — NOVA Next

In the winter of 2014, Sherri “Sam” Mason, a chemist at the State University of New York at Fredonia, sent two of her undergraduate students out to …

Plastic waste on beaches underestimated by 80%

Dr Jennifer Lavers, from the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania, has told Sky News current pollution data could …

Want Some Salt With Your Plastic? — Study: 17 of 17 Sea Salt Brands Littered With Petrochemicals

<b>(EnviroNews World News)</b> — A study published April 6, 2017, in <i>Nature.com</i>‘s <i>Scientific Reports</i>, examined 17 sea salt brands from eight different …

A very hungry caterpillar could rid the world of plastic bags

<b>London:</b> The global plastic bag crisis could be solved by a waxworm capable of eating through the material at "uniquely high speeds", scientists have …

Clothing Made From…Crab Shells?

Craig Kasberg is an unlikely choice to shake up the fashion industry. The 25-year-old spent years working on an Alaskan fishing boat and is a rare …

Sustainability

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This Bug Can Eat Plastic. But Can It Clean Up Our Mess?

Scientists have discovered that wax worms can eat plastic bags. Could that help us reduce plastic pollution?<p>Each year, the world produces 300 million tons of plastic, much of which resists degradation and ends up polluting every corner of the globe. But a team of European scientists may have found …

Biology

Adidas creates limited edition MLS kits using upcycled ocean plastic as part of eco-innovation drive

Adidas is releasing special limited edition versions of four Major League Soccer (MLS) kits as part of its ongoing eco-innovation partnership with …

Art and Social Marketing Address Rising Problem of Ocean Plastics

Millions of tons of plastic enter the ocean each year, according to researchers. It affects the health of marine wildlife, ecosystems and humans. …

This Edible Water Bottle Is How You’ll Drink In The Future

A new gelatinous sphere called the Ooho contains one portion of water, then you can eat the packaging or put it in your compost bin.<p>If you run in a race in London in the near future and pass a hydration station, you may be handed a small, bubble-like sphere of water instead of a bottle. The …

Sustainability

Microfibers are a source of ingestible plastic worse than already-banned microbeads

They come out of your fleece every time you do a load of laundry.<p>Microfibers, which are tiny threads of polyester, nylon, acrylic and other synthetic …

Oceans

Only 14% of plastics are recycled – can tech innovation tackle the rest?

A new group of companies is innovating on the problem of plastics recycling by tackling everything from styrofoam to Ziploc bags<p>The world recycles just 14% of the plastic packaging it uses. Even worse: 8m tons of plastic, much of it packaging, ends up in the oceans each year, where sea life and …

Recycling

Scientists and engineers turn ocean plastic into new products

Two years ago, socially conscious entrepreneurs Rob Ianelli and Ryan Schoenike founded their company, Norton Point, to manufacture sunglasses made …

Oceans

University Students Made Biodegradable Plastic Bags From Bananas

Degradation of the product lasts 18 months; plastic lasts 20 years or more. Researchers consider using new material to make new products. Plastic …

Costa Rica

Cassava carrier bags: Indonesian entrepreneur tackles plastic bane

<b>By Megan Sutherland</b><p>JAKARTA―From bags washing up on Bali’s beaches to food packaging scattered across roads and clogging waterways in cities, …

Study finds presence of microplastics in River Spey fish

Sign up to our Daily newsletter<p>A study to examine fish in the River Spey has found that more than one in six of them could be contaminated with …

Microfibers are polluting our food chain. This laundry bag can stop that

Two German inventors created a laundry bag to prevent shedding microfibers ending up in oceans. Now, Patagonia will start selling it to customers<p>For the past three years, Alexander Nolte and Oliver Spies, surfing buddies and co-owners of Langbrett, a German retailer with four stores that sells surf …

Sustainability

Film

This Study Says Almost All the Seafood We Eat Contains Tiny Pieces of Plastic

A study out of the University of Ghent in Belgium shows that people who eat seafood regularly ingest up to 11,000 pieces of plastics each year.<p>Eating fish is great for you, right? Don't you feel a certain sense of moral superiority and self-pride when you sit down at a restaurant and order the wild …

Oceans

If This Plastic Bag Ends Up In The Ocean, Don’t Worry–Animals Can Safely Eat It

The Avani Eco Bag is made from cassava, and the company claims it’s perfectly fine for any turtles or fish that decide to munch on it before it breaks down.<p>If a “biodegradable” plastic bag ends up in the ocean, it’s unlikely to actually break down for years–and even if it does, the tiny pieces that …

Wooden surfboards to mushroom handplanes: the surf companies tackling ocean waste – gallery

Ocean waste is a serious problem for companies emotionally and physically connected to the sea, said the founder of outdoor clothing company Finisterre in a recent Guardian debate, but that connection also gives them a strong incentive to find solutions. Here we profile some of the companies doing …

Recycling

Shampoo bottle made from ocean plastics hailed as ‘technological breakthrough’

Limited edition Head & Shoulders bottle to go on sale in France represents tiny proportion of global sales<p>Beaches strewn with plastic waste have become a graphic illustration of just how much plastic we use in everything from food packaging to cosmetics, and how much of it gets thrown away.<p>Consumer …

Recycling