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Our Plastic Planet

We travel through time and see the different times as a race that we have advanced through. A few of those times were identified by the materials used or that were life-changing. The stone age, the bronze age, and the iron age. If our time was to be identified, it is undeniable the plastic age. Chemically, plastic is made up from organic compounds like such as cellulose, coal, natural gas, salt and, of course, crude oil. When plastics were first introduced, it was a life-changing compound that l...
Tags: Featured, Environment, Religion, Society, Pollution, Plastic, Islam, Muslim, Manners, Prophet, Muslims, Earth Day, BPA, Bukhari, Basheer, Featured Home


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


Microplastics found in the Pyrenees

We tend to think that only those living in densely populated urban environments are exposed to pollution, but that’s not the case. As reported by NPR’s Christopher Joyce, microplastics — fragments smaller than a fifth of an inch, broken down from larger pieces of plastic — have just been found in a remote area, 4,500 feet up in the Pyrenees mountains. A team of researchers from Scotland and France analyzed samples of dust, rain, and snow from the Bernadouze meteorological station in the mou...
Tags: Travel, France, Scotland, Plastic, Npr, All, Pyrenees, Microplastic Pollution, Microplastics, Christopher Joyce, Bernadouze


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


What Do I Do With All These Plastic Bags?

I do everything I can to avoid using plastic bags—I once bought several frozen groceries and opted to carry them home in my arms, like they were a baby.Read more...
Tags: Plastic, Recycle, Recycling, Lifehacks, Plastic bags, Straws


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


WSU researchers find ways to recycle carbon fiber plastics

In Washington state, a Washington State University research team for the first time has developed a promising way to recycle the popular carbon fiber plastics that are used in everything from modern airplanes and sporting goods to the wind energy industry. The works, reported in Polymer Degradation and Stability and Green Chemistry, exemplify two efficient ways to re-use the expensive carbon fiber and other materials that make up the composites. Carbon fiber reinforced plastics are increasingly ...
Tags: Washington, Research, Plastic, WSU, Washington State University, Green Chemistry


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


How to Properly Recycle Your Plastic Yogurt Containers

When it comes to recycling, we all make mistakes.Read more...
Tags: Yogurt, Plastic, Recycle, Recycling, Lifehacks, Cups


Why You Shouldn't Recycle Glass That Isn't a Bottle or Jar

Have an old plate or used lightbulb you’re trying to get rid of? Sadly, the short answer is that glass products that aren’t a jar or bottle aren’t all that easy to recycle. In fact, more often than not, it’s better to throw them in the trash than in your recycling bin, where it will wreak havoc on other recyclables.Read more...
Tags: Glass, Plastic, Recycling, Lifehacks, Trash, Garbage


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


Find Out How Your Curbside Recycling Program Is Changing

If you hadn’t heard already, your curbside recycling program is likely in trouble—and there isn’t much of a solution.Read more...
Tags: Plastic, Recycle, Recycling, Lifehacks, Trash, Garbage


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


Stora Enso invests EUR5 million to produce formed fiber products to reduce plastic use

In Finland, Stora Enso is investing EUR5 million to build a new production line and related infrastructure to manufacture formed fiber products at Hylte Mill in Sweden. The formed fiber technology enables manufacturing of products that are designed for circularity, meaning that they are renewable, recyclable and biodegradable and do not contain any plastic. The formed fiber investment further strengthens Stora Enso’s opportunities to replace fossil-based products and contribute to combatting the...
Tags: Sweden, Plastic, Finland, Producer News, FSC, Stora Enso, PEFC, Hylte Mill, Finland Stora Enso


Don't Crush Cans Before Recycling Them

Ever feel the need to crush things before you recycle them? Well, it’s often the right instinct, as it conserves space and is more efficient for pick-up by recyclers. Plastic bottles, for instance, are generally best crushed (and left with caps on) when thrown in the recycling bin.Read more...
Tags: Metal, Plastic, Cans, Recycling, Lifehacks, Trash, Don


Artist creates this shiny “crystal cave” from 18,000 used plastic cups to show how plastic is devastating our planet

After “parting the sea” with 168,000 used plastic straws, Benjamin Von Wong has created another epic installation. This time, he and his team collected 18,000 plastic cups and turned them into a “crystal cave.” Other than letting you take Instagram-worthy shots inside of it, this “cave” also warns about the excessive use of disposable plastic […] The post Artist creates this shiny “crystal cave” from 18,000 used plastic cups to show how plastic is devastating our planet appeared first on DIY Pho...
Tags: Photography, Instagram, Inspiration, Awareness, Plastic, Benjamin Von Wong, Von Wong


Artist creates this shiny “crystal cave” from 18,000 used plastic cups

After “parting the sea” with 168,000 used plastic straws, Benjamin Von Wong has created another epic installation. This time, he and his team collected 18,000 plastic cups and turned them into a “crystal cave.” Other than letting you take Instagram-worthy shots inside of it, this “cave” also warns about the excessive use of disposable plastic […] The post Artist creates this shiny “crystal cave” from 18,000 used plastic cups appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Instagram, Inspiration, Awareness, Plastic, Benjamin Von Wong, Von Wong


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


Is there a mass unwrap near you this week?

Last year a coalition of anti-plastic groups in Cornwall hosted a ‘mass unwrap’. They went to the supermarket, bought their shopping and then unwrapped it all on site for the supermarket to deal with all the packaging. Several supermarkets in a number of towns were involved, highlighting the role of retailers in plastic waste. After […]
Tags: Shopping, Future, Plastic, Cornwall, Waste


“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


What's the Worst Trash Humans Produce?

The world is trash. Even leaving aside the garbage of regular citizens—the many stadiums’ worth of shit and piss, plastic cups and pill bottles, scrapped cars and dead dogs dispensed of every day, every hour of every day—there is the world-withering, endlessly-accumulating waste of the industrial variety, which could…Read more...
Tags: Science, Plastic, Recycling, Waste, Trash, Radioactive waste


Stop Recycling Plastic Bottles Without Caps On

With the recycling industry in flux, the rules surrounding recycling plastic aren’t always a given (at least, in the U.S.). For one, you can’t recycle plastic bags or straws and now black plastic is even becoming a problem. How will we ever know the right way to recycle?Read more...
Tags: Water, Plastic, Recycle, Recycling, Lifehacks, Bottle


Glastonbury bans plastic bottles from their festival

One of the world’s biggest festivals have pledged to eliminate plastic bottles this year over concerns about the levels of waste they cause as one festival. This year will see Glastonbury ban all single-use plastic bottles from being sold at the giant festival. The move is part of a larger bid to reduce their impact on the environment as it has become renowned for fields strewn with rubbish of tents, cans, bottles, and litter. The festival have reported that in 2017, visitors to Glaston...
Tags: Music, Featured, Environment, Earth, Plastic, Recycling, Reuse, Waste, Litter, Bottles, Rubbish, Glastonbury, Plastic bottles, Michael Eavis Emily Eavis Emily Eavis


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