Less than 10 percent of plastic waste has been recycled – a factoid recently crowned statistic of the year.
While the world gathers to negotiate on climate change, governments must recognise the public desire for action on plastic pollution and work together to solve it.
One big problem with plastics is that they're largely made of petroleum. Sourcing bio-polymers from plants and bacteria has some big benefits – and the technology is starting to take off.
Much of the trash on Canadian shorelines can be traced to five food companies. We could soon see more compostable and edible packaging.
In the EU, 31% of plastic products go to landfill: but a process called "cold plasma pyrolysis" could turn them into clean fuels.
Trump's plan to slap $200 billion more in tariffs on Chinese goods is premised on yesterday's waste-fueled economy. Tomorrow's economy is 'circular.'
Is 3D printing better for the environment than conventional manufacturing? The jury is still out.
Incineration of household waste has gotten a bad name, argues an economist, who sees today's recycling crisis as an opportunity to reconsider how the U.S. handles its waste.
You know you've hit it big when your designs find their way into millions of kitchens – and the Museum of Modern Art.
Microplastics are everywhere--our water, soil, and even the air we breathe. The consequences of this exposure on human health is unknown. But studies in animals give us reason to worry.
In 2015, over 320 million tons of polymers, excluding fibers, were manufactured across the globe.
Buying reusable bags every time you shop is worse than just using plastic.
Every day we throw away plastic and every day we're reminded of its environmental impact. Why can't something be done about it?
Providing thicker plastic bags for free is worse than pointless. It encourages the same wasteful habits, but with more damaging material.
Seagulls have no qualms about sifting through dumps for scraps. But this buffet comes at a cost, filling their stomachs with plastic, glass, metal and even building materials.
Silicon is cheap and a good semiconductor, but it's bulky and rigid. Using organic polymers as semiconductors could yield solar panels with the physical characteristics of plastics.
Fast-food restaurants and coffee shops are banishing the straw. While it may seem like a small measure, your pessimism isn't justified.
How do you help a country get over plastic? By creating awareness and minor inconveniences and by providing lots of reminders.
If we are truly invested in addressing the issue of marine plastic and offsetting the potential harms, we have to understand which fish eat plastic and which ones don't.
Microplastics in seafood are well recorded but there are many other sources.