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This biodegradable plastic bag had plenty of life left in it, even after three years. Lloyd Russell/University of Plymouth

When biodegradable plastic is not biodegradable

Biodegradable bags still strong enough to carry shopping after three years in the ground show that 'biodegradability' isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Over 99 percent of today’s plastics come from oil, but new bio-based options are becoming available. Icons by Vectors Market, Freepik and srip

The surprising way plastics could actually help fight climate change

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.
Single-use plastics are convenient, but it’s time to phase them out. Photo by Sander Wehkamp/Unsplash

How to break up with plastics (using behavioural science)

How do you help a country get over plastic? By creating awareness and minor inconveniences and by providing lots of reminders.
Inside Boeing’s Dreamliner: tomorrow’s polymers today. Jordan Tan

Five synthetic materials with the power to change the world

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…

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