Plastic Attack

By Carol Brighton | Plastic Pollution Issues & Solutions

After You Finish Your Drink, You Can Eat This New Edible Straw

And if you don’t eat it, it can go in the compost–or just dissolve in the ocean.<p>One hundred and fifty years ago, if you drank a mint julep with a straw, it was an actual straw, made of ryegrass. Then came the paper straw–to solve the problem that ryegrass tended to become mushy and ruin a drink–and …

Gardening

Dutch designers convert algae into a biopolymer that can be used for 3D printing

Dutch designers Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros have developed a bioplastic made from algae, which they believe could completely replace …

Sustainability

Millions of microfibers in wastewater from every wash

Amsterdam, 24 November 2017 – Between 600,000 and 17,700,000 microfibers are released in every 5-kilo wash; that is the equivalent of 0.43 to 1.27 …

Water

The 'lost 99%' of microplastic ocean pollutants can now be identified

Estimates of how much plastic is in the ocean are not accurately represented as microplastics are hard to identify.<p>A team of researchers form the …

Oceans

This Fish Grew Around a Powerade Wrapper, Thanks to Pollution [PHOTOS]

<b> A fish that grew around a Powerade wrapper is our latest visual reminder about the damage even one piece of trash can do to marine animals.</b> <br>An …

Oceans

Why your laundry is littering the ocean with plastic

Thanks to graphic images of seals choking on plastic debris, we're more aware of keeping plastic out of the ocean, except when it comes to the …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

Amy Myers Jaffe (@AmyJaffeenergy) 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 Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. Big Oil is betting …

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% - study

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

Oceans

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 …

Recycling

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. …

Oceans

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 …

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 …

Ecology

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 …

Biodegradation

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, …

Sustainability

Study finds presence of microplastics in River Spey fish

Sign up to our <b>Daily</b> 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 …