It’s important to look at the whole value chain in the plastics economy, starting with design of products that can be reused and recycled.
The plastic industry uses powerful tactics to convince us it’s not that bad, but in reality many of their green solutions aren’t working.
Placing plastic straws, a life sustaining accessibility tool, under the same restrictions for sale as tobacco products is overly harsh, and detrimental to the dignity and inclusion of disabled people
We need to advance our understanding of the effects of microplastics on aquatic ecosystems, especially on small animals at the base of food webs that might be ingesting more of these particles.
The US Environmental Protection Agency is reexamining the health effects of bisphenol A. A chemist explains why BPA is in plastics and why it’s hard to find a safe replacement.
Due to increasing concerns over the health hazards posed by BPA, the Food and Drug Administration plans to reevaluate the safety of the controversial chemical for use in everyday products.
Plastic is made from oil and natural gas, which started out as fossilized plant and animal material. But buried deep underground for millions of years, those materials changed in important ways.
Biodegradable plastics have great potential to replace problematic plastics that don’t break down. But we, and the environment, need greater clarity on how to dispose of them.
There is abundant evidence of the involvement of endocrine disruptors in reproductive dysfunction in several species, including humans.
A global treaty on plastic pollution must incentivize a take-make-reuse waste management system and include quantitative targets based on geography-specific emissions.
Oil is used throughout the US economy. It goes into packaging, toys, clothing and especially the food we eat.
Over 170 countries have endorsed a resolution to negotiate a plastics treaty that’s much more precise than the Paris climate change agreement.
The Nigerian government must do more to combat increasing plastic pollution in the country.
Representatives of 175 countries voted to start developing a global treaty to reduce plastic waste. Treaties addressing mercury, long-range air pollution and ozone depletion offer some lessons.
The production and release of synthetic chemicals worldwide is destabilising the Earth system.
Using recycled plastic to wire planes could reduce their emissions while cutting down on waste from the 3-D printing industry.
Tossing something into your recycling bin that can’t be processed does more harm than good.
Each home testing kit contains around 10 grams of plastic.
An estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic waste enters the ocean each year – equivalent to dumping in a garbage truckload of it every minute. A new report calls on the US to help stem the deluge.
In Canada, milk is available in jugs, cartons, bags and glass bottles. A new analysis reveals which type of container has the smallest environmental footprint — from container production to disposal.