In the EU, 31% of plastic products go to landfill: but a process called "cold plasma pyrolysis" could turn them into clean fuels.
Instead of fighting other countries, we should be fighting our overflowing landfills.
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.'
Prototype vehicle built with 3D printing – but is it green?
Is 3D printing better for the environment than conventional manufacturing? The jury is still out.
The market for plastic recycling is drying up, prompting a discussion over what to do with household waste.
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.
A postcard from the 1950s advertises a variety Tupperware products.
You know you've hit it big when your designs find their way into millions of kitchens – and the Museum of Modern Art.
Microplastics in the Mediterranean Sea.
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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.
Millions of tons of plastic are manufactured every year.
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?
Offering free lightweight plastic bags causes excessive plastic use, while banning lightweight bags can increase the use of heavier plastic bags (such as bin liners). Coles’ decision brings out the worst of both worlds.
Providing thicker plastic bags for free is worse than pointless. It encourages the same wasteful habits, but with more damaging material.
A research study found that most of the debris in gulls’ stomachs is plastic – exposing the birds to high levels of chemical contaminants and potentially limiting their reproductive success.
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.
What if it were a lot easier to install solar power?
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.
A Eurasian Coot sits on a nest built from human litter, including plastic straws, inside a half-sunk boat in an Amsterdam canal.
Fast-food restaurants and coffee shops are banishing the straw. While it may seem like a small measure, your pessimism isn't justified.
Single-use plastics are convenient, but it’s time to phase them out.
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How do you help a country get over plastic? By creating awareness and minor inconveniences and by providing lots of reminders.
A whale shark moves towards a piece of plastic in the ocean.
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.
Green sea turtle.
Little chunks of plastic are now scattered throughout the oceans and pollute most beaches around the world, including the nesting sites of threatened and endangered sea turtles.
The most dangerous element from discarded plastic waste is microplastics.
Indonesia is the world's largest producer of the seaweed that offers a solution for the global plastic crisis.
Could this be turned into fuel, instead of just more plastic?
Plastic can only be recycled a few times before it becomes useless. But even non-recyclable plastic can be used to help produce petrol and diesel. Could this process help overcome the recycling crisis?
These are already 100% recyclable - the trick is to actually recycle them.
Under a new target, 100% of Australian packaging will be recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025. But this is not enough - we also need to ensure that recyclable materials are actually recycled.