Where does it go from here?
China, which once processed much of the world's scrap, has slashed imports of "foreign garbage." What can the US do to step up recycling at home?
Over 99 percent of today’s plastics come from oil, but new bio-based options are becoming available.
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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.
Food packaging is one of the top uses for plastic in consumer goods.
Bio-based plastics made from natural sources break down more easily than conventional plastic, without producing toxic byproducts. But for this to happen they have to be composted, not buried in landfills.
A plastic bag floats in the ocean in this 2016 photo.
Banning plastic bags in food distribution is complicated and not all municipalities are on board. Are bioplastics a solution?
Not as green as you might think.
Truly green plastic requires more than sustainable raw materials.
Imported laptop housings, Guiyu, China.
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China, which recycles much of the world's waste material, is slashing its scrap imports. This move could force the United States and Europe to boost recycling instead of shipping trash overseas.
Even a microbe won’t eat plastic.
Consumers and makers of plastic products want plastic to biodegrade to minimize the environmental impact, but some additives don't live up to the claims.
Inside Boeing’s Dreamliner: tomorrow’s polymers today.
The New York World’s Fair of 1939-40 was one of the greatest expos the world had ever seen. Visitors to Flushing Meadow Park in Queens were invited to see the “world of tomorrow” giving them a first glimpse…