Plastic

What Do You Call This Plastic String?

Is "gimp" vs "lanyard" a regional thing? Help us find out.<p>I was talking about this with some coworkers, and I called it "gimp." They looked at me, horrified. That's because "gimp" is an ableist slur when used to describe a person. But in the context I know it, it's just describing plastic string, …

A Few Celebrities Said We Should All #StopSucking, So I Spent A Week Trying To

This simple lifestyle change can have a huge positive impact on our environment.<p>I suck.<p>No really, I do. Though I consider myself to be a generally …

Good News

Fish eat plastic in the ocean because it smells like food, scientists discover

The reason why fish eat plastic when it is dumped in the ocean has been discovered by scientists.<p>Tests on anchovies show that when plastic is mixed with salt water and begins to disintegrate it releases an odour which is similar to krill.<p>The enticing smell sets of foraging and feeding behaviour in …

Oceans

Mother wraps newborn in plastic and sends him to orphanage via courier

A woman in Fuzhou, China was arrested after attempting to mail her newborn baby to a local orphanage on Aug 9.<p>The delivery man only realised what he …

Join the fight against plastics and WIN!

We’ve all seen it: a plastic bottle floating in the water while we’re snorkelling in the Mediterranean shallows or on board an expedition cruise …

Recycling

Police throw plastic barrier at suspect to stop him

Surveillance footage shows Spanish police stopping a knife-wielding man at a border crossing by hurling a large, plastic barrier at him.

Border Crossings

Recycling is still the best way to deal with plastic

The July 20 news article “There’s a ton of plastic garbage for every person on Earth” said that “recycling only delays plastic’s trip to the trash bin. Incineration is the only way to assure that plastic is eliminated.” This is misleading because incinerated plastic will be replaced by plastic …

Recycling

How to Use Less Plastic Because We're Using Way Too Much

There’s about a ton of plastic for each person living in the world today—that’s 8,300 million tons of plastic produced since 1950, most of which has …

Sustainability

Hate To Break It To You, But Your Clothes Are Polluting The Ocean

<i>Excited for the August 21 eclipse? Visit our Eclipse 2017 page to explore the science, history, and myths of the event.</i> <i>The Curiosity team will be</i> …

Oceans

7 summer plastic traps to avoid

<i>Avoiding plastic is a year-round endeavor, but it seems particularly challenging during summer, thanks to the profusion of cheap, summer-themed</i> …

Sustainability

Bondic’s new Liquid Plastic Welder reinvents glue for the 3D-printing age

Why it matters to you<p>Whether you’re looking to carry out minor repairs or insulate and secure wiring, this is one gadget every maker should own.<p>3D …

Technology

Six-year-old's plea to New Zealand: get rid of plastic

Tousle-haired Carter Lockwood might look cute, but when he starts wagging his finger, he means business.

New Zealand News

Enrol or update your details to vote in the same-sex marriage survey

This Thursday, August 24, is the deadline for enrolling to vote or updating your details ahead of the Australian postal survey on same-sex …

Recycling

Will you take the 'Plastic Free July' pledge?

<b>Join a million other people worldwide in an effort to ditch single-use plastics for one month and experiment with zero-waste living.</b><p>Plastic Free July …

Sustainability

Could plastic-free aisles become a reality?

Sian Sutherland, co-founder of campaign group A Plastic Planet, told Sky News: "Our campaign is super simple. We want supermarkets to create a …

UK News

The Dutch are recycling more plastic, but the quality is going down

The Dutch are collecting more plastic for recycling than ever but the quality is going down which makes the plastic...

Recycling

Infographic: The impact of plastic on the planet

Some eight million tonnes of plastic are dumped in the ocean every year, equal to five grocery bags of plastic on every foot of coastline around the …

Recycling

5 weird materials that could replace plastic

Plastic is a wonder. It's malleable, so it can be molded into a variety of useful objects — from bottles to bags to medical supplies. At the same …

Recycling

A Plastic World

Like avalanches and whiskey distilling, ski boot construction boils down to a science. In this case, designers tinker with a plastic’s chemical …

Giant Seabird With a Plastic Spoon in His Stomach Tells a Sad Story About Our Trash

The story of the giant bird recently taken into the Massey University’s Wildbase Hospital is a very straightforward, and unfortunate, answer to the …

Birds

9 Shocking Facts About Plastics in Our Oceans

The oceans are massive, pulsing, vibrant bodies of water that serve humanity in countless ways—from providing food to enabling commerce to simply …

Oceans

Plastic rice rumours: Here are 5 easy ways to identify fake rice

After the news of fake eggs being sold at a Kolkata market triggered panic across the country, now the news of plastic rice being sold at some …

Andhra Pradesh

That’s More Like it! This Popular Beach State in India Just Put a $150 Fine on Plastic Litter

The government of Goa, India, is going to introduce a serious fine of up to Rs 5,000 (around $75) for making, carrying, and selling of plastic bags. …

Goa

The Waxworm Is A Caterpillar That Eats Plastic

<i>Excited for the August 21 eclipse? Visit our Eclipse 2017 page to explore the science, history, and myths of the event.</i> <i>The Curiosity team will be</i> …

Recycling

New Recycling Process Turns Waste Plastic Into Oil

Rather than dumping waste plastic into our oceans, Recycling Technologies created a machine that turns it into oil usable as fuel.<p>This site may earn …

Recycling

FEATURE-Kenya seeks to cure plastic bag addiction with blanket ban

Can Kenya's fourth attempt to get rid of plastic bags, spurred by a social media campaign, finally start to reduce pollution?<p>By Moraa Obiria<p>NAKURU, …

Africa

Paper or plastic? Canadian scientist at centre of grocery debate

A Guelph food scientist has found himself at the centre of what may be the world’s longest-running grocery debate: paper or plastic?<p>In this case, the issue is not bags but boxes – specifically, the boxes used to deliver produce from farms to grocery stores. Keith Warriner, a University of Guelph …

Recycling

United Kingdom testing durable roads made of recycled plastic

Why it matters to you<p>Plastic roads are a win for the environment, government budgets, and the quality of streets we drive on. MacRebur is a startup …

Recycling

These Worms Can Eat Plastic Shopping Bags!

Could plastic-eating worms be the answer to our pollution problem?<p>Plastic takes a toll on the environment at every stage. It’s made of synthetic …

Recycling

It seems odd, but the fruit and veggies most likely to be plastic wrapped in the supermarket are organic

Has Supermarket Packaging Become Excessive?3:30<p>News.com.au's James Law joins Studio 10 to discuss a petition started by a WA woman to stop …

Australian News