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16

Apr

unconsumption:

Plastic bottle caps = art. 
These caps are nailed to a pole in Ellensburg, Washington, at the folk art site known as Dick and Jane’s Spot. Info about Dick and Jane, and the Spot, a.k.a. their home, can be found here. 
See the "plastic" subset of the Unconsumption archive for more plastic-turned-art examples.
(Photo by woodendesigner on Flickr.)

unconsumption:

Plastic bottle caps = art.

These caps are nailed to a pole in Ellensburg, Washington, at the folk art site known as Dick and Jane’s Spot. Info about Dick and Jane, and the Spot, a.k.a. their home, can be found here

See the "plastic" subset of the Unconsumption archive for more plastic-turned-art examples.

(Photo by woodendesigner on Flickr.)

28

Mar

This edible water blob could replace plastic bottlesThe Ooho ‘water bottle’ is a gelatinous blob that allows you to have your bottled water (minus the plastic) and eat it too.

This edible water blob could replace plastic bottles
The Ooho ‘water bottle’ is a gelatinous blob that allows you to have your bottled water (minus the plastic) and eat it too.

27

Feb

Secret world of ocean garbage patch microbes revealedScientists aren’t sure how the microbes are thriving on the plastic, but think finding out could give new insights into ecosystem of the ocean.

Secret world of ocean garbage patch microbes revealed
Scientists aren’t sure how the microbes are thriving on the plastic, but think finding out could give new insights into ecosystem of the ocean.

03

Feb

Wild bees are recycling plastic, study findsTwo bee species in Canada have begun using plastic waste to build their nests, hinting at the extent of plastic pollution as well as nature’s limited ability to adapt.

Wild bees are recycling plastic, study finds
Two bee species in Canada have begun using plastic waste to build their nests, hinting at the extent of plastic pollution as well as nature’s limited ability to adapt.

26

Jan

5 reasons not to drink bottled waterIt’s expensive, wasteful and — contrary to popular belief — not any healthier for you than tap water.

5 reasons not to drink bottled water
It’s expensive, wasteful and — contrary to popular belief — not any healthier for you than tap water.

Cut plastic out with homemade yogurtPlastic pollutes and is made using oil. Here’s a quick and easy way to take a small bite out of your plastic footprint.

Cut plastic out with homemade yogurt
Plastic pollutes and is made using oil. Here’s a quick and easy way to take a small bite out of your plastic footprint.

19

Dec

How plastic in the ocean harms fish, wildlife and usHere is one more reason to cut down on the plastic we throw out — as if we needed another.

How plastic in the ocean harms fish, wildlife and us
Here is one more reason to cut down on the plastic we throw out — as if we needed another.

06

Dec

Why the recycling industry is fighting bag bansA scrap recycling trade group recently adopted a new policy on bag bans and fees, stating that recycling plastic and paper bags creates economic opportunities.

Why the recycling industry is fighting bag bans
A scrap recycling trade group recently adopted a new policy on bag bans and fees, stating that recycling plastic and paper bags creates economic opportunities.

29

Nov

Home2O: Trashed bottled water transformed into disaster relief roofingAcknowledging that ‘any place that people will receive emergency water, they will be in need of shelter too,’ a student team unveils a prototype shelter constructed from one item that’s in anything but short supply at disaster relief sites: empty plastic water bottles.

Home2O: Trashed bottled water transformed into disaster relief roofing
Acknowledging that ‘any place that people will receive emergency water, they will be in need of shelter too,’ a student team unveils a prototype shelter constructed from one item that’s in anything but short supply at disaster relief sites: empty plastic water bottles.

24

Nov

Plastic junk may turn island into Superfund siteA remote, 25-acre island in the North Pacific is so besieged by garbage that it may become the first U.S. hazardous-waste site whose primary problem is plastic.

Plastic junk may turn island into Superfund site
A remote, 25-acre island in the North Pacific is so besieged by garbage that it may become the first U.S. hazardous-waste site whose primary problem is plastic.