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03

Aug

Plastic garbage in the ocean is mysteriously disappearingScientists theorize that the plastic is being broken down into tiny, undetectable particles or that it is being carried into the deep ocean.

Plastic garbage in the ocean is mysteriously disappearing
Scientists theorize that the plastic is being broken down into tiny, undetectable particles or that it is being carried into the deep ocean.

21

Jul

Plastic ‘trash islands’ forming in ocean garbage patchResearchers speculate that these islands formed after the tsunami that battered Japan in 2011 swept items into the ocean.

Plastic ‘trash islands’ forming in ocean garbage patch
Researchers speculate that these islands formed after the tsunami that battered Japan in 2011 swept items into the ocean.

01

Jul

Plastic garbage in the ocean is mysteriously disappearingScientists theorize that the plastic is being broken down into tiny, undetectable particles or that it is being carried into the deep ocean.

Plastic garbage in the ocean is mysteriously disappearing
Scientists theorize that the plastic is being broken down into tiny, undetectable particles or that it is being carried into the deep ocean.

12

Jun

5 high-tech innovations taking on plastic bag recyclingGroundbreaking science is uncovering new ways to reduce waste and help the environment.

5 high-tech innovations taking on plastic bag recycling
Groundbreaking science is uncovering new ways to reduce waste and help the environment.

10

Jun

Illinois is first state to ban beauty products containing microbeadsGovernor Pat Quinn backs Great Lakes-protecting legislation that halts the sale and manufacture of beauty products containing tiny plastic exfoliants.

Illinois is first state to ban beauty products containing microbeads
Governor Pat Quinn backs Great Lakes-protecting legislation that halts the sale and manufacture of beauty products containing tiny plastic exfoliants.

09

Jun

Great Lakes plagued by tiny plastic beadsPlastic pollution similar to ocean ‘garbage patches’ has been found in the Great Lakes, especially microscopic beads used in many personal care products.

Great Lakes plagued by tiny plastic beads
Plastic pollution similar to ocean ‘garbage patches’ has been found in the Great Lakes, especially microscopic beads used in many personal care products.

04

Jun

Clever Coke caps transform spent soda bottles into squirt guns and shampoo dispensersCoca-Cola partners with Ogilvy & Mather for 2nd Lives, an upcycling initiative that gives new life to empty soda bottles that would normally be chucked.

Clever Coke caps transform spent soda bottles into squirt guns and shampoo dispensers
Coca-Cola partners with Ogilvy & Mather for 2nd Lives, an upcycling initiative that gives new life to empty soda bottles that would normally be chucked.

02

Jun

Tiny monsters haunt the Great Pacific Garbage PatchA single-celled, coral-killing creature with ‘devil horns’ has been found on microplastics in the open Pacific Ocean, raising concerns that plastic pollution can help dangerous species invade new habitats.

Tiny monsters haunt the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
A single-celled, coral-killing creature with ‘devil horns’ has been found on microplastics in the open Pacific Ocean, raising concerns that plastic pollution can help dangerous species invade new habitats.

27

Apr

Plastic is found in virtually everything these days. Your food and hygiene products are packaged in it. Your car, phone and computer are made from it. And you might even chew on it daily in the form of gum. While most plastics are touted as recyclable, the reality is that they’re “downcycled.” A plastic milk carton can never be recycled into another carton — it can be made into a lower-quality item like plastic lumber, which can’t be recycled.16 simple ways to reduce plastic waste

Plastic is found in virtually everything these days. Your food and hygiene products are packaged in it. Your car, phone and computer are made from it. And you might even chew on it daily in the form of gum. While most plastics are touted as recyclable, the reality is that they’re “downcycled.” A plastic milk carton can never be recycled into another carton — it can be made into a lower-quality item like plastic lumber, which can’t be recycled.
16 simple ways to reduce plastic waste

21

Apr

Plastic Bank: How to solve the plastic pollution problem and poverty at the same timeWe all know there’s too much plastic making its way into the environment; here’s an innovative solution to a seemingly intractable problem.

Plastic Bank: How to solve the plastic pollution problem and poverty at the same time
We all know there’s too much plastic making its way into the environment; here’s an innovative solution to a seemingly intractable problem.