It is everywhere: the most enduring, insidious, and intimate product in the world. From the soles of your shoes to the contact lenses in your eyes, the phone in your pocket to the food in your refrigerator, the evidence is unmistakable: We are living in The Plastic Age.
Less than 10% of plastic trash is recycled – compared to almost 90% of metals – because of the massively complicated problem of finding and sorting the different kinds. Frustrated by this waste, Mike Biddle has developed a cheap and incredibly energy efficient plant that can, and does, recycle any kind of plastic.
While plastic has many valuable uses, we have become addicted to single-use or disposable plastic — with severe environmental consequences. Around the world, one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute, while up to 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year…
Tragic photos taken on a remote Arctic island show two young polar bear cubs playing with and chewing on a large sheet of black plastic as their mother looks away. The siblings were spotted on Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago about 600 miles away from the North Pole…
In a laboratory at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, in Palisades, New York, Debra Lee Magadini positions a slide under a microscope and flicks on an ultraviolet light. Scrutinizing the liquefied digestive tract of a shrimp she bought at a fish market, she makes a tsk-ing sound.
Walking along a short section of stony beach, Claire Waluda stoops briefly to pick up something from between the rocks. It is a brightly coloured plastic bottle top – just one of hundreds of bits of plastic that she finds washed ashore on the remote, windswept island of South Georgia.
Most of us grew up in an age where the mantra of “plastic is fantastic” shaped our environment to the extent that today plastic really is all around us. Look around you. Food and beverage containers, cosmetic and toiletry containers, pens, car interiors, your laptop mouse, toys, bags, …
Consumer goods companies across beverages, processed foods and alcohol have begun exploring alternative packaging solutions, including glass, to reduce use of plastic on mounting concerns over plastic waste, and possible bans by more state governments after Maharashtra.
Both living creatures and plastic products have a mix of properties and characteristics that make them unique. at CREAX, projects usually start by making a comprehensive description of the properties of products & technologies.
A student may have found a solution to one of the world’s most urgent environmental crises – breeding bacteria capable of “eating” plastic and potentially breaking it down into harmless by-products. The microbes degrade polyethylene terephthalate (PET) – one of the world’s most common plastics, used in clothing, drinks bottles and food packaging.
Plastic isn’t the problem when it comes to plastics in the marine environment, the issue comes from how plastic is used and disposed of. This was the message from marine litter expert, Richard Thompson OBE, on day two of Resourcing the Future 2018.
Modern life would be impossible without plastic – but we have long since lost control over our invention.
Why has plastic turned into a problem and what do we know about its dangers?
Three billion people rely on seafood as their primary source of protein, according to the Marine Stewardship Council. About 70% of the air we breathe is produced by marine plants, and 97% of the Earth’s water supply is contained in the oceans.
A new chemical process can liquify plastic. The next challenge? Creating a machine that can recycle the sludge on an industrial scale. One single-use plastic bag takes at least 450 years to degrade. Give Miranda Wang three hours and she can reduce ten of them into liquid.
Plastic continues to fill the world’s oceans at an astonishing rate, inflicting major environmental damage. The cost is not merely to the natural world though, as the economic impact of this man-made predicament is also immense.
Marine litter – and particularly its plastic component, commonly called ‘ocean plastic’ or ‘plastic pollution’ – is a hot topic now. Photos and television programs showing marine wildlife killed by plastic pollution have sparked public outcries.
More than 50 nations are taking action to reduce plastic pollution, says the UN in the biggest report so far. India will eliminate all single-use plastic in the country by 2022, with an immediate ban in urban Delhi.
Every one of India’s 1.3 billion people uses an average 11kg of plastic each year. After being used, much of this plastic finds its way to the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, where it can maim and kill fish, birds and other marine wildlife.
An innovating solution against plastic waste. The Manta is the first multihull ship in the world capable of collecting in mass the plastic wastes in open sea, and nearby coasts, when they are still under form of macro-waste.
Breaking News: A plastic tsunami has hit the shores of Rio de Janeiro. It sounds like the plot of a bad disaster movie, doesn’t it? Yet Latin America is under attack from wave after wave of garbage, much of it plastic.
Plastic pollution is a serious issue that hurts our planet and costs the lives of millions of animals on land and at sea every year. It’s our responsibility to put an end to the damage plastic is causing on our world, argues EMILY FOLK.
At first glance, one might think that food is packed in plastic. Error: it is actually a biofilm made from plants. It will degrade automatically after 12 weeks of existence, in a composter.
Every photo taken by the Litterati app hides a story: what, where and when. Jeff Kirschner began by posting photos of the garbage he found before picking them up on Instagram.
Following the success of his approach, Litterati.org was born.