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Deadly Pathogens Travel From Land to Sea on Microplastics, Study Finds

3 Mins Read There’s another case for reducing plastic waste—scientists have discovered that microplastic can carry diseases from land to sea. The findings, published in the journal Scientific Reports, are the first to connect microplastics in oceans to land-based pathogens. The researchers also found that contaminated plastic can concentrate in areas already contaminated with plastic waste. “It’s easy for […]

Plastic Waste to Triple By 2060, Warns OECD

3 Mins Read A new report finds global plastic waste is set to triple, and exceed one billion tons by 2060. Despite the growing efforts to reduce virgin plastic production and reduce waste, the new data released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), shows a plastic-covered planet, even with best efforts in place to reduce […]

Plastic Waste Is a Gold Mine, Study Finds

3 Mins Read Making recycling systems more efficient will save between $4.5 billion and nearly $10 billion according to new research. According to findings published in Resources, Conservation and Recycling, there’s more plastic in landfills than previous estimates—about 44 million metric tons in the U.S., versus previous EPA estimates of 32.2 million. Scientists out of the U.S. Department of […]

No New Plastic: Scientists Say a Production Cap Is Needed to Save the Planet

3 Mins Read A group of scientists says new plastic production needs to stop in order to protect the world’s oceans and the environment from plastic pollution. In a letter published in the journal Science, an international group of scientists and experts are urging industries and governments to limit new production of plastic to curb its impact on […]

A Plastic Garbage Patch Is Likely Forming in the Arctic, Researchers Say

3 Mins Read Plastic pollution has been found in the Arctic for the first time, and scientists warn it will have devastating impacts on the already fragile polar north. One of the regions of the world most impacted by human-caused climate change, the Arctic is now awash in microplastic, according to research published last week in the journal […]

Forget Recycling Plastic, New Study Says Upcycling Is More Effective

3 Mins Read New research points to the benefits of upcycling plastic instead of recycling in order to keep it out of waterways. Findings published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggest a major shift in how we look at handling plastic waste. The research paper, “Functional Enzyme-Polymer Complexes,” was led by a Northwestern […]

Microplastics in Human Blood Shed Light on the Global Plastic Problem

3 Mins Read A recent study finds microplastics in human blood for the first time. The findings underscore a growing body of research that points to the detriments of plastic as well as a host of other chemicals. New research published in the journal Environmental International, found evidence of microplastics in nearly 80 percent of study participants, the researchers […]

This German Women-Led Startup Just Closed A Seed Round To Make Periods More Sustainable With Seaweed Tampons

4 Mins Read Berlin-based Vyld, which makes seaweed-based menstruation products, has closed a seed round to take the startup’s stigma-busting seaweed-based tampons from small scale to mass production. Participants in the round included The Case for Her, Purpose Ventures and multiple business angels. The funding amount was undisclosed. Vyld was founded on the basis of revolutionising the menstruation […]

Recycled Plastic Bottles Are Good for the Planet, Terrible for Human Health, Study Finds

3 Mins Read Recycled plastic bottles are likely to contain chemicals more harmful than those made from virgin plastic, new research finds. A study conducted by Brunel University London identified 150 chemicals in plastic bottles that leached into the bottles’ content. Eighteen of those chemicals exceeded safety regulations, the researchers say. Specifically, bottles made using recycled PET plastic […]

Recycling Has a Confidence Problem, Research Finds

4 Mins Read More than 30 percent of consumers think recycling doesn’t make a difference in improving the environment, according to a new survey. A new survey, published by YouGov and UK-based sustainable packaging company DS Smith, finds a growing number of consumers aren’t convinced recycling makes a difference in the health of the environment. The news comes […]

Two of the Biggest Organizations Fighting Plastic Waste Announce New Partnership

3 Mins Read Two of the world’s leading plastics organizations have partnered to end plastic pollution across Ghana, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Indonesia, and Vietnam. The World Economic Forum’s Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP) and UK-based nonprofit Wrap, say they’re entering into a formal partnership agreement aimed at addressing the global plastic waste issue. The new […]

‘Historic’ UN Resolution Aims to End Global Plastic Pollution

4 Mins Read In what’s being hailed as an historic moment in the fight against plastic waste, the United Nations has adopted a resolution that will hold member nations legally accountable for their contributions to the global plastic pollution crisis. “Plastic pollution has grown into an epidemic. With today’s resolution we are officially on track for a cure,” […]

Plastic Wrap Creates More Food Waste, Study Finds

3 Mins Read Purchasing fruits and vegetables packaged in plastic wrap creates two problems for the environment: more plastic and more food waste, according to new research. The U.K.-based sustainability nonprofit Wrap, looked at the sales of five fresh fruit and vegetable items over an 18-month period. It found that sales of items wrapped in plastic at retail, […]

Can Coca-Cola Ever Really Go Sustainable?

4 Mins Read Coca-Cola, the world’s leading soft drink manufacturer, has been trying out sustainable bottles for years. Now it says that by 2025, 100 percent of its packaging will be recyclable, and at least 50 percent of the packaging will be made with recycled materials by 2030. But can it really do it? Pressure is mounting on […]

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 […]