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We’ve Already Made Way Too Much Plastic, New Research Finds

4 Mins Read There’s too much plastic on the planet, says a new study released by the Stockholm Resilience Centre, and urgent action is needed to prevent an ecological disaster, the researchers warn. In the first study of its kind, researchers with the Stockholm Resilience Centre say the amount of plastic and man-made chemicals on the planet now […]

The World’s Third Largest Container Shipping Fleet Bans Plastic Waste Transport

3 Mins Read In an effort to improve recycling efforts, the world’s third-largest ocean shipping company says it will no longer transport plastic waste beginning June 1st. France-based CMA CGM Group says it’s made the “landmark decision” to cease shipping post-consumer plastic—a first in the shipping industry—as a means to help protect oceans and biodiversity.  According to Rodolphe […]

Meet The Woman Fighting Single-Use Plastic In Hollywood

4 Mins Read Sheila Morovati, founder and president of non-profit Habits of Waste is on a mission. She wants to prevent the continued use of single-use plastic in the media and take representation of the material out of the limelight. By denormalising its presence, she hopes that environmental alternatives will become a quicker and easier norm for the […]

Plastic-Free Groceries: Zero Closes $11.8 Million Seed Round To Expand The US’s ‘Most Sustainable’ Delivery Service

3 Mins Read Californian sustainable packaging grocery startup Zero has scooped $11.8 million in seed funding led by Sway Ventures to continue its recent ‘two hour eco delivery’ expansion across the United States. The company, which delivers a wide range of groceries in plastic-free containers, claims theirs is the fastest service of its kind in the country. Founded […]

Are Bottles Made From Sugar A Sweet Solution to the Plastic Crisis? Maybe.

4 Mins Read In the effort to curb plastic waste, scientists from the U.K.’s University of Birmingham and Duke University say they’ve succeeded in turning elements found in sugar alcohols into what they claim is degradable and recyclable bioplastic. The researchers created two new types of polymers from the sugar bases, iodide and isomannide. Isomannide can be developed […]

How Amazon’s Plastic Problem Got Worse During Covid

3 Mins Read Plastic packaging use increased for Amazon by nearly 33 percent during the last year of the pandemic, according to new findings.  Online orders from the largest e-tailer in the Western world increased 38 percent in 2020 due to the pandemic, and according to a new report from Oceana, that’s a big problem for our oceans.  […]

A Microbial Evolutionary Response to Microplastic: Learn How to Eat It

3 Mins Read Microbes found in oceans and soil are showing evolutionary adaptations that allow them to digest microplastic—and this could help fight plastic pollution. Microbes have long been early adopters of evolution—credit their short life spans, and significant generational changes can take place inside of a single day. Now, it seems, they’re evolving to tackle one of […]

Investors Back Seaweed Packaging Innovators As Plastic Waste Crisis Creates Demand For Sustainable Alternatives

4 Mins Read As consumer dissatisfaction with traditional plastic packaging grows stronger and as the global plastic waste crisis continues to worsen daily, a slew of new material science startups are looking to algae for solutions, and investors are pouring money into the nascent space. Over the past few months, three seaweed-based packaging companies from the US and […]

U.S. Crowned The Biggest Plastic Polluter In The World

4 Mins Read A new report has revealed the U.S. is the biggest contributor to plastic waste globally. It is producing more than all European Union countries combined. Ineffective recycling infrastructure and increased plastic manufacturing are considered the root causes. Figures have led to declarations of environmental and social crises within the U.S. The congressionally mandated report has […]

Oil Companies Ploughing Money into Fossil Fuelled Plastics Production at a Record Rate – New Research

14 Mins Read By Fredric Bauer and Tobias Dan Nielsen Visiting a modern petrochemical plant makes you feel incredibly small. Enormous compressors roar incessantly, distillation columns tower high above your head, large pipelines full of oil and gas criss-cross the site. Heat radiates from inspection hatches in the furnaces in which the hydrocarbons are heated to 850°C to […]

New Study Shows Plastic Pollution Could Worsen Allergies and Diabetes

3 Mins Read Plastic pollution in the atmosphere can worsen symptoms of diabetes and allergies, new research has found. The study, which is still ongoing, also revealed how tiny plastic particles released into the air could inflame arthritis and breathing-related diseases.  Researchers have found that plastic pollution could be worsening a number of illnesses, including allergies, diabetes, arthritis […]