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Jason Momoa shaves beard to shine a spotlight on plastic pollution

When you have 11 million Instagram followers, your simplest move can elicit thousands of comments. When you’re ready for a major transformation, such as shaving off the beard you’ve been growing since 2012, you can pair the shearing with a save-the-world message. So we understand a viral video of Jason Momoa, beloved Game of Thrones star, shaving off his beastly beard while talking about plastic pollution. The 39-year-old actor’s call for action is part of a growing wave of awareness of the 19 ...
Tags: Design, News, Pollution, Plastic, Aluminum, Game Of Thrones, Recycling, Jason Momoa, Recycled Materials, Plastic Pollution, Beards, Ball Corporation, Umbra, Momoa, Aluminum Umbra

Ocean plastic waste has been a problem since the 1950s, reveals 60-year plankton study

A 60-year study on plankton has revealed the dark truth about the history of ocean plastic waste. The study shows how plastics have been polluting our oceans since at least the 1950s and how the problem has steadily gotten worse in the six decades since. The first documented case of ocean plastic waste was fishing twine discovered in the 1950s. The next mention is a carrier bag in 1965. From there, the data shows that plastic waste significantly increased between 1970 and the early 2000s, with ...
Tags: Design, News, Environment, Plastic, North Sea, Plastic Waste, Ocean Waste, Water Issues, Northwest Passage, Plankton, Ocean Plastic Waste, Nature Communications Researchers, Clare Ostle, Ostle

A guide to the different types of plastic

BPA, PET, HDPE. You’re trying to do the right thing by recycling, following health alerts and shopping wisely, but you’re not fluent in molecular chemistry. So how do you decipher exactly what it all means and how to stay green? We’re here to help with a handy guide on different types of plastic and how they impact the planet and your health. Fast facts about our plastic problem According to Earth Day, here are some stats that give you an idea of the scale of our plastic addiction. • Since ...
Tags: Design, Minneapolis, Environment, Earth, Features, Pollution, Plastic, Recycle, Waste, BPA, Types Of Plastic, Ocean Debris, New York San Francisco Seattle

Attenborough Effect inspires people to drastically reduce single-use plastics

There are plenty of films that have documented the harmful effects of single-use plastics, but one documentary in particular has resulted in lasting change. A new study found that Blue Planet II, narrated by David Attenborough, has inspired people in the U.K. and the U.S. to use 53 percent fewer single-use plastics over the last year. Inspired by what is being dubbed the Attenborough Effect, people are investing in reusable bags for groceries and other packaging like never before. The study, wh...
Tags: Design, News, Environment, Plastic, Recycling, David Attenborough, Plastic Waste, Single-use, Single-use Plastics, Single-use plastic bag, Reducing Single-use Plastics, Attenborough Effect, conventional TV Chase Buckle

Microplastic rain: new study reveals microplastics are in the air

A new study published in Nature Communications reveals alarming amounts of microplastic particles in the air, even in the most remote, mountainous areas. News about microplastics throughout the ocean, soil and every marine mammal studied has been widely documented and publicized in recent years. ‘Microplastic’ was even called the “2018 word of the year” for its number of mentions by the news media. However, very few studies have researched the abundance of microplastics specifically in the air ...
Tags: Design, News, France, China, Environment, Air Pollution, Pollution, Paris, Plastic, The Guardian, Ocean Pollution, Nature Communications, Microplastic, Deonie Allen

Asian Supermarkets Go Back To Using Leaves Instead Of Plastic

It should be one of the main goals in today’s society to reduce plastic consumption and to educate people on the environmental and global changes and problems that we are currently facing. Even though many of us believe that recycling will solve the problem, and continue using plastic, it is actually the complete opposite. In 2013, 254 million tonnes of trash was produced in the U.S. alone... Source
Tags: Asia, Design, Safety, Environment, Supermarkets, Plastic, Ecology, Packages

Maryland could become the first state to ban plastic foam containers

Last week, the Maryland General Assembly voted 100 to 37 to approve a ban on plastic foam containers. If the bill is approved by Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland will become the first U.S. state to ban such containers because of their harmful impact on human health and the environment. The bill will now go to Republican Governor Larry Hogan for approval. Although Governor Hogan has not yet expressed a position, the bill has enough votes from the House and Senate that it would be able to override ...
Tags: Politics, Design, News, Maryland, Senate, Earth, ESP, Policy, House, Plastic, World Health Organization, Baltimore, Ocean Pollution, Plastic Pollution, Fossil Fuel, State

Hotel group in Rome eliminates plastic bottles for Earth Day

Rome’s Bettoja Hotels Collection is demonstrating that you may not be able to single-handedly solve the world’s problems, but cleaning up your own house — or hotel — is a significant step that anybody can take. Starting this Earth Day, the hotel group will remove all plastic bottles from its restaurants and minibars. “The elimination of plastic bottles in our nearly 500 rooms has been a great desire of ours,” said Maurizio Bettoja, president of Bettoja Hotels Collection. “We are taking action o...
Tags: Design, News, Hotels, Corporate Responsibility, Rome, Plastic, Italy, Plastic Waste, Waste Disposal, Sustainability Initiatives, ROME Italy, Plastic bottles, Bettoja Hotels Collection, Maurizio Bettoja, Massimo D'Azeglio, Hotel Mediterraneo Bettoja

Biodegradable tableware made from wheat bran debuts at Toronto's Green Living Show

This week, Toronto citizens learned that wheat bran is good for more than enhancing digestive regularity. An innovative Polish company displayed its disposable, biodegradable tableware made from unprocessed wheat bran at Toronto’s Green Living Show. While an ordinary disposable plastic plate could take 500 years to break down, Biotrem’s tableware biodegrades through composting within a single month. They’re made from compressed wheat bran, a by-product of the cereal milling process. Biotrem c...
Tags: Design, Technology, Toronto, Plastic, Agriculture, Biodegradable, Landfill, Farm, PLA, Green Products, Sustainable Design, Eat & Drink, Canada South Korea, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Eco-friendly Materials, Green Living Show

Baby turtles officially return to the beaches of Mumbai after largest beach clean up in history

Olive Ridley baby turtles have officially returned to the beaches of Mumbai, and it is all because one of the world’s largest beach clean-up efforts. Last summer, conservationists watched as over 80 baby turtles made their way across Mumbai’s Versova Beach, which was previously home to a massive garbage heap. “I had tears in my eyes when I saw them walking towards the ocean,” Afroz Shah, an activist in Mumbai, shared. Related: Plastic pollution is causing reproductive problems for ocean wildlif...
Tags: Design, News, Animals, Ocean, Plastic, United Nations, Landfill, Waste, Mumbai, Trash, Garbage, Shah, Ridley, Sea Turtles, Baby Turtles, Afroz Shah

LSU researcher creates biodegradable plastic beads for Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras would not be the same without its plastic beads. For the past 200 years, people have given out freebies to parade attendees in New Orleans, starting with nuts and glass ornaments back in the day and eventually switching to the plastic beads that party-goers have grown accustomed to today. While the colorful beads have become a staple for the iconic celebration, leftover Mardi Gras beads end up littering the streets of New Orleans. Fortunately, one researcher has come up with an answe...
Tags: Design, News, Environment, LSU, Plastic, Innovation, New Orleans, Biodegradable, Plastic Waste, Mardi Gras, Louisiana State University, Kato, Mardi Gras Beads, Plastic Alternative, Plastic Beads, Naohiro Kato

New hope for plastic recycling with IBM's VolCat technology

Think how much more material would be reused if plastic recycling didn’t entail washing, sorting and individual processing. Now, IBM researchers have developed a new chemical process called VolatileCatalyst that eliminates these steps. VolCat recycling grinds up plastics, adds a chemical catalyst and cooks them at temperatures above 200 degrees Celsius. The chemicals eat through polymer strands, producing a fine white powder ready to be made into new containers. By heating PET with ethylene gly...
Tags: Food, Design, Technology, Fish, Pollution, Ocean, Plastic, Ibm, Recycling, DuPont, Waste, Clean Tech, Containers, Green Technology, Recycled Materials, Waste Disposal

Plastic pollution is causing reproductive problems for ocean wildlife

Plastic pollution is becoming a major problem for ocean wildlife. Organisms that ingest plastics are subject to hormone disruption and issues with reproduction that affect their overall health, a new study finds. Wildlife around the world is exposed to plastic pollutants called endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Not much is known about how these chemicals affect marine environments, though scientists have been studying them for years. According to The Guardian, killer whales, for instance, ...
Tags: Design, News, Scotland, Animals, Singapore, Environment, Pollution, Plastic, Plastic Pollution, Zoological Society of London, Marine Animals, Ocean Plastic Waste, Ocean Wildlife, Marine Wildlife, Paul Jepson

“Sweetheart Grips”: WWII Soldiers Would Make Clear Grips For Their Pistols To Display Their Sweethearts

Soldiers throughout history have always personalised their equipment. By using something as artistic as nose art on a 16 ton bomber, or as simple as scratching their initials into their canteen or into the butt of their rifles. Since WWI, we have been used to battlefield art known as ‘trench art’. Not limited to the World Wars, the history of trench art spans conflicts from the Napoleonic Wars to... Source
Tags: Design, Guns, Plastic, Ww2, Soldiers, Retro, Grip, Photograhy

Designer creates algae-sourced alternative for plastic packaging

Food packaging has a become a target in the world of sustainability and environmentalism. Walk down the aisle of any supermarket or look in your own shopping cart, and you’re likely to see package after package made from petroleum-based plastic. A few resourceful scientists and engineers have chosen to tackle the problem, including designer Margarita Talep, who has developed an algae-based alternative to plastic. With the short lifecycle of most packaging, Talep wanted to create a material tha...
Tags: Design, Gallery, Plastic, Packaging, Green Materials, Sustainable Materials, Agar, Single Use Plastic, Plastic Alternatives, Single-use, Green Plastic Alternatives, Green Packaging Design, Margarita Talep, Talep

Gomi’s Plastic Waste Speaker

Made from plastic waste (like bags and bubble wrap), Gomi’s portable speaker is a thoughtful and practical solution to traditionally non-recyclable plastic pollution. With sourced materials from local food wholesalers, each speaker is crafted from roughly 100 plastic bags, and the clever design allows for the speaker to be broken down into three pieces, which can then be melted and reused for future products. Read …
Tags: Design, Speakers, Tech, Sustainability, Pollution, Plastic, Recycling, Plastic Waste, Linkaboutit, Gomi

This colorful, marbled speaker is made from non-recyclable plastic waste

While plastic waste, to a certain degree, can be recycled, it’s just a small percentage of the total waste out there. Certain polymers grow past their ability to be recycled because of additives, impurities, stickers, prints, etc. and this is the plastic that causes the biggest problem because it just can’t be recycled.Brighton-based design studio Gomi is trying to be a part of the solution. The Gomi speaker, designed by the studio, uses these unrecyclable plastics as its primary raw material, t...
Tags: Music, Design, Bluetooth, Audio, Green, Plastic, Brighton, Speaker, Waste, Product Design, Portable Audio, LDPE, Gomi, Tom Meades

Bottle recycling in Oregon hits 90 percent record high

Oregon is seeing record-breaking recycling rates for their progressive movement dating back to 1971. As the first state in the nation to initiate a bottle return bill, residents of the west coast state are long-accustomed to paying a bit more for their canned and bottled beverages. The idea is simple — pay a deposit when you purchase a six-pack and get that money back when you return the container to the store, but 48 years after the bill was introduced, the state is experiencing high recycling...
Tags: Japan, Design, Oregon, Environment, US, Legislation, Features, Beverages, Canada, Hawaii, Efficiency, Plastic, Grocery Stores, Recycle, Cans, Recycling

Volvo creates the living seawall in Sydney to help with plastic pollution

With ocean habitats being degraded by plastic pollution and replaced with seawalls, more than half of the shoreline in Sydney, Australia, is now artificial. Scientists say that the amount of plastic waste in the ocean is so massive, removing it all simply isn’t possible. So, instead of hosting more beach clean-ups or tearing down seawalls, Volvo is taking a more modern, creative approach to the problem — a Living Seawall. Volvo has teamed up with the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and Reef ...
Tags: Design, News, Australia, Marine Life, Plastic, Sydney, Volvo, Electric Cars, Nature / Environment, Nestle, Plastic Pollution, Sydney Australia, Volvo Ocean Race, Ocean Plastic Waste, Microplastics, Organisms

Companies pledge $1.5 billion to reduce plastic waste

The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), a group of 28 companies that produce plastics and consumer goods, announced last week that it has pledged to spend $1.5 billion over the next five years to reduce plastic waste. Global companies like Exxon Mobil, Dow DuPont, Procter & Gamble, Royal Dutch Shell and BASF are all part of the AEPW. The investment will go toward building waste collection infrastructure in Asia and Africa, designing waste-management systems in cities close to rivers that tran...
Tags: Asia, Design, London, News, China, Africa, Environment, Corporate Responsibility, Basf, Unilever, Plastic, Vietnam, Exxon, Plastic Waste, Nestle, Waste Disposal

11 ways to be more self-sufficient in the new year

Self-sufficient living is all about providing for your own needs— and the needs of your household— without resources or help from the outside. To become more self-sufficient, you need knowledge and skills, plus motivation and a spirit of independence. The reasons for living a self-sufficient lifestyle can be political, social or personal, but whatever the motivation may be, learning how to become self-sufficient can offer a feeling of security, even in the event of a disaster. There isn’t a han...
Tags: Food, Garden, Gardening, Design, Cook, Food Storage, Debt, Features, Plastic, Sewing, Bright Ideas, Green Living, Natural Cleaners, Emergency Kit, Clean Eating, Natural Materials

7 of the biggest eco-friendly and green living myths

When you decide to go green and adopt a sustainable lifestyle, you might think that some of the biggest steps you can take in the right direction are doing things like buying a hybrid car, dropping meat from your diet or using eco-friendly products. But over the years, we have been inundated with “green” messages that are easily taken for granted, and some of them are filled with misinformation. So to help you go green the right way, here is a list of seven of the biggest sustainable living myt...
Tags: Electric Vehicle, Design, Environment, Features, Green, Plastic, LED lighting, Vegetarian, Green Appliances, Ev, Stockholm Environment Institute, Sustainable Living, Energy Efficient, Eco-friendly Myths, Green Living Myths, Joenomias Silviarita Frank Habel Pexels Jasmine

Precycle, a zero-waste grocery store, opens in Brooklyn

For many of us, a trip to the grocery store results in a ton of waste, thanks to the mountain of plastic bags and food packaging. But some stores are trying to change that by going zero-waste and selling in bulk. Precycle is a zero-waste grocery store in Brooklyn that has opened for business, and it is avoiding all plastic by having its customers buy food from bulk containers. Katerina Bogatireva, the owner of Precycle, is from Latvia, and she said that in her home country, food waste is not ac...
Tags: Design, News, Environment, Brooklyn, United States, Plastic, Packaging, Latvia, Grocery, Zero Waste, This, Waste Disposal, Eat & Drink, Plastic Packaging, Package Free, Precycle

Zero-waste packaging is coming to a freezer aisle near you

This past year, frozen food made a comeback thanks to healthier and tastier options hitting your grocer’s freezer, and the debunking of the myth that fresh is always healthier than frozen. For the first time in five years, the frozen food market has grown, and consumers are starting to see frozen products as a healthy option for easy meal prep. Now, one grocer is taking freezer food to the next level with bulk bins and zero-waste packaging. In recent years, frozen food companies have shortened ...
Tags: Food, UK, Design, News, Environment, Czech Republic, Plastic, Packaging, Food Waste, Reuse, Zero Waste, Frozen Food, Zero Waste Packaging, Globus Hypermarket, Packaged Food

New York City bans polystyrene foam starting January 1

New York City has officially become the largest jurisdiction in the United States to ban polystyrene foam food and beverage containers. On January 1st, the city’s new policy went into effect after a five-year lobbying and litigation effort from the plastics industry to upend the city’s environmental initiative. Back in 2013, the City Council authorized the statute that states NYC restaurants, food vendors and stores can’t possess, sell or offer polystyrene foam containers for food and beverages...
Tags: Design, News, New York City, Environment, United States, Plastic, Foam, Styrofoam, NRDC, Polystyrene Ban, Polystyrene foam, banning Polystyrene foam, Polystyrene Containers, Polystyrene Container Ban

Study finds microplastics in sea turtles around the world

The microplastics problem in the oceans has made its way to sea turtles in a big way. A new study from researchers at the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory along with Greenpeace Research Laboratories has found microplastics in the guts of every single turtle they tested — a total of 102 sea turtles. The researchers tested more than 100 sea turtles from all seven species and three different oceans, and they were looking for synthetic particles less than 5 mm in length. The most...
Tags: Science, Design, News, Turtles, Animals, Study, Environment, Research, Oceans, Plastic, Plastic Waste, Plastic Pollution, Duncan, University of Exeter, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Microplastics

Corona announces pilot program for 100% plastic-free 6-pack rings in 2019

Corona has announced that it will be launching a pilot program in 2019 for 100 percent plastic-free six-pack rings, making it the first global beer brand to attempt such eco-friendly packaging. The company says it will introduce the new rings in select markets at the beginning of the new year as part of its commitment with Parley for the Oceans to lead the multi-billion dollar beer industry in doing its part to protect the world’s oceans from plastic pollution. Corona beer is mostly packaged wi...
Tags: Design, News, Mexico, Beer, Oceans, Plastic, Innovation, Biodegradable, Carlsberg, Green Products, Plastic Pollution, Corona, Cyrill Gutsch, Parley, Plastic Free, K Corona

6 environmental topics to spark discussion at the Thanksgiving dinner table

Nothing sparks political discussion and debate more than a family dinner during the holidays. In this explosive political climate, chances are the conversation will run wild during Thanksgiving even more than it has in the past. To give you some ideas for the upcoming holiday season, here are some environmental topics to help spur your political discussion while you enjoy your turkey dinner. Elections With a major midterm election happening just this month, politics will be a hot topic at T...
Tags: Family, Politics, Design, Thanksgiving, Climate Change, California, Environment, Los Angeles, Communication, Earth, Features, Policy, Current Events, Animal Welfare, Paris, House Of Representatives

European parliament supports the ban of single-use plastics

The EU adopted new plans last week to ban single-use plastic items like plates, straws, cutlery, balloon sticks and cotton buds — which make up over 70 percent of marine litter — by 2021. Under draft plans approved by Parliament, MEPs also added items to the banned list that contained products made of oxo-degradable plastics, like bags and fast-food containers made of expanded polystyrene. The ban also incorporates a plan for several other items that do not have an alternative, like single-use ...
Tags: Design, News, Environment, Eu, Policy, Plastic, Marine Pollution, Recycling, Jamaica, Parliament, European Parliament, Litter, Ocean Pollution, Waste Disposal, Plastic Pollution, Plastics

SodaStream deploys an ocean-sweeper to clean up plastic waste in the Caribbean Sea

SodaStream has announced the launch of its massive ocean-sweeper, a contraption designed to dismantle booming plastic waste patches in marine waters.  The “Holy Turtle” has already started cleaning up plastic in the Caribbean Sea; the specially designed model is stationed off the shores of Roatán, Honduras for its pilot project. Enlisting the aid of local youth and government, as well as environmental NGOs, experts and artists, SodaStream’s multifaceted mission is a four-day feat with a hopeful...
Tags: Florida, Sodastream, Design, News, Environment, Earth, Bbc, Plastic, Innovation, Marine Pollution, Exhibition, Honduras, Plastic Waste, Plastic Pollution, Caribbean Sea, Roatán

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