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Yes, You Can Recycle Styrofoam

As bans on single-use plastic bags and straws gain momentum across the globe, attention is now focused on another mighty environmental opponent: styrofoam. Styrofoam poses serious health concerns for aquatic life and the general health of the planet, which is no surprise, given that it’s made of thousands of pieces…Read more...
Tags: Plastic, Recycling, Lifehacks, Trash, Garbage, Styrofoam


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


Book review: No More Plastic, by Martin Dorey

No More Plastic, or No. More. Plastic. to be precise, is a book of the moment. It’s a topic people are interested in right now, and the book is a quick read. I’ve seen it by the tills in bookshops recently, positioned for impulse buying. And why not? It’s January and people are making new […]
Tags: Books, Future, Plastic, Waste, Martin Dorey


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


How to Create Less Waste This Holiday Season

The holidays are the most wonderful time of year, unless you are the planet. To get to actual holiday joy, you’ve got to tear through several layers of waste: disposable wrapping, frilly ribbons, packing tape, wads of plastic shopping bags, mountains of clamshell packaging, and crappy lights that didn’t even make it…Read more...
Tags: Holidays, Climate Change, Environment, Plastic, Gift Wrap, Recycling, Lifehacks, Christmas Tree, Zero Waste, Decorating, Gift Giving


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


UK launches $76.4 million challenge to create sustainable packaging and plastic

In the UK, household food scraps could be transformed into environmentally-friendly plastic bags and cups, thanks to up to GBP60 million ($76.4 million) of new government funding. Innovators are being challenged to make the UK a world-leader in creating sustainable packaging and reduce the impact of harmful plastics on the environment, as the UK seizes the economic opportunity of the global shift to greener, cleaner economies – a key part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy. The fundi...
Tags: UK, Research, Plastic, Sustainable Packaging, UK Research and Innovation UKRI


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


How to Stop Using So Much Disposable Plastic

We are drowning the world in plastic. It washes onto our beaches, it sits entombed for centuries in landfills, it floats around the ocean in a cloud of microscopic particles twice the size of Texas. Most of it—75% in the U.S.—never gets recycled. Recycling it still takes 10% of the energy of making new plastic—not…Read more...
Tags: Household, Environment, Plastic, Recycling, Reuse, Lifehacks, Garbage


Why You Need to Wear Clothing with Natural Fibers

B'SD 11 Kislev, 5779 I've written several times about the health-promoting need to live a natural life, including with the clothes you wear. I fully realize the need to repeat that message because it takes time to convince people of realities that they'd rather not face. Here goes effort number Gazillion Plus: https://returntonow.net/…/…/02/plastic-clothing-microfibers/ RETURNTONOW.NET Study: We Ingest More Plastic From Our Clothing Than Seafood, S...
Tags: Health, Wellness, Diy, Diabetes, Plastic, Hemp, Toxic, UA, Kislev, Booklocker Publishing, Booklocker.com, Yocheved Golani, Booklocker, Self-care


How Africa is leading the way against plastic

In his recent budget speech, Chancellor Hammond announced a new and rather weak plastic tax, and explained why he wouldn’t tax disposable cups. Before moving on, he summed up his announcements thus: “This ambitious package reflects our determination to lead the world in the crusade to rid the oceans and the environment of plastic waste.” […]
Tags: Africa, Future, Plastic, Waste, Hammond


Designer Profile: Marc Newson

Australian-born and London-based, designer Marc Newson has captured the attention of companies the world over since the late 1980s, when he introduced two iconic pieces—Embryo Chair and Lockheed Lounge. 1. Embryo Chair for Cappellini An important breakthrough, Embryo Chair “laid down the DNA for much of what I was to do after that,” explains Newson. That it should have given birth to his mature style is fitting, especially given the chair’s name. Like a rotund ant covered in bright neoprene, Em...
Tags: Books, London, Plastic, Aluminum, Steel, Riga, Poly, Frankenstein, Knoll, Marc Newson, Bunky, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Newson, Designer Profile, Cappellini, Flos


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


The Sailors Who Hunt Garbage for Science

Emily Penn had a mission: To find a piece of trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch large enough to stick a satellite transmitter on so that researchers back on shore could track it until a vessel came to pick it up.Read more...
Tags: Science, Research, Plastic, Sailing, Plastic Pollution, Bad Asses, Emily Penn


Microplastics have made their way into human poop

Each year, humans around the world produce about 882 billion pounds of plastic waste, and about 80 percent of it ends up in landfills or in the natural environment. Now, scientists are beginning to study the effects of microplastics on people, and it turns out that they are showing up in human poop after contaminating our food. Microplastics are the smallest particles of plastic waste — so small that most are invisible to the human eye. They are found in most bottled and tap water, soil and sea...
Tags: Health, Design, News, Environment, Pollution, Plastic, Poop, Npr, Waste, Waste Disposal, Vienna Austria, Medical University of Vienna, United European Gastroenterology, Human Poop, Microplastics, Philipp Schwabl


8 out of 8 people in study have ingested microplastic

All subjects selected for a pilot program had microplastics in their stools. The types of microplastics found implicate both food and non-food sources. Boutique water may be healthier, but its bottles not so much. It was just a small study from a team of researchers led by gastroenterologist Philipp Schwabl of the Medical University of Vienna, but all eight people selected as subjects in the warm-up experiment for further research were found to have microplastics in their stools. Schwabl tel...
Tags: Health, UK, Environment, Water, Cnn, Public Health, Medical Research, Vienna, Pollution, New York Times, Plastic, Innovation, Medical University of Vienna, Human body, Philipp Schwabl, Schwabl


100% of people in pilot study had microplastic in their stools

All subjects selected for a pilot program had microplastics in their stools. The types of microplastics found implicate both food and non-food sources. Boutique water may be healthier, but its bottles not so much. It was just a small study from a team of researchers led by gastroenterologist Philipp Schwabl of the Medical University of Vienna, but all eight people selected as subjects in the warm-up experiment for further research were found to have microplastics in their stools. Schwabl tel...
Tags: Health, UK, Environment, Water, Cnn, Public Health, Medical Research, Vienna, Pollution, New York Times, Plastic, Innovation, Medical University of Vienna, Human body, Philipp Schwabl, Schwabl


Scientists Say They've Found Microplastics in People's Poop, But Don't Worry Just Yet

The more we look, the more we find potentially toxic microplastics—the tiny bits of debris that our plastic products crumble into—everywhere in the environment, the surrounding wildlife, and even our food and beer. So perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that new research released this week suggests that…Read more...
Tags: Food, Science, Environment, Plastic, Poop, Plastic Pollution, Microplastics


Indian plastic-to-biodiesel pilot set for January

In India, the Economic Times reports that a pilot plant producing biodiesel from plastic waste is set to for commissioning in January in Dehradun by the Indian Institute of Petroleum. The pilot can produce 800 liters of biodiesel from 1 metric ton of plastic waste and is meant to be the first of many plants to be developed around the country in order to tackle the ever-growing plastic waste challenge. The environment minister who announced the development of the project encouraged the public to ...
Tags: India, Plastic, Producer News, Biodiesel, Dehradun, In India the Economic Times, Indian Institute of Petroleum


Trump Signs Actually Good Bill To Clean Up Ocean Garbage

While everyone was distracted by Kanye West spouting inanities in the Oval Office, some actual work was done in the White House yesterday. Two senators showed up for the signing of a bill that garnered unanimous support in the Congress to clean up plastic pollution in the oceans.Read more...
Tags: Science, Congress, White House, Kanye West, Oceans, Plastic, Ocean Cleanup, Plastic Pollution, Oval Office, Marine Debris


Nuatan is the bioplastic that could answer the plastic pollution crisis

A potential solution to the world’s plastic pollution crisis has recently been unveiled at the London Design Festival. Crafting Plastics Studio, established by design duo Vlasta Kubušová and Miroslav Král, created the all-natural alternative, which is made from corn starch, sugar and cooking oil. According to the team, who researches and constructs cutting-edge materials for their avant-garde designs, Nuatan has the possibility to “replace all the packaging we know,” because it is so safe that ...
Tags: Design, London, News, Plastic, Innovation, Biodegradable, Sustainable, Plastic Pollution, Kral, Bioplastics, London Design Week, London Design Festival, Biocompatible, Natural Plastics, Nuatan, Crafting Plastics


Even fish can eat Nuatan, the bioplastic that could answer the plastic pollution crisis

A potential solution to the world’s plastic pollution crisis has recently been unveiled at the London Design Festival. Crafting Plastics Studio, established by design duo Vlasta Kubušová and Miroslav Král, created the all-natural alternative, which is made from corn starch, sugar and cooking oil. According to the team, who researches and constructs cutting-edge materials for their avant-garde designs, Nuatan has the possibility to “replace all the packaging we know,” because it is so safe that ...
Tags: Design, London, News, Plastic, Innovation, Biodegradable, Sustainable, Plastic Pollution, Kral, Bioplastics, London Design Week, London Design Festival, Biocompatible, Natural Plastics, Nuatan, Crafting Plastics


Environmental campaign floods UK Royal Mail with empty potato chip bags

The U.K. postal service has implored its public to stop mailing empty potato chip bags addressed without an envelope after a surge in chip bag mailings was encountered by its courier offices. The mailings are part of an environmental campaign urging the most popular brand of British crisps, Walkers, to reevaluate its plastic packaging. Walkers, owned by PepsiCo, is being met with a petition signed by more than 310,000 people and an online campaign that is sending unknown numbers of empty bags r...
Tags: UK, Design, News, Activism, India, Environment, Cnn, Chile, Plastic, Royal Mail, Packaging, Sustainable Packaging, Pepsico, Plastic Pollution, Pepsi, Pasquale


Plastic-eating mushrooms are the new superheroes in combating the growing waste crisis

A new study from the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew in London says that fungi are capable of expediting the breakdown of plastic waste. The aspergillus tubingensis fungus was featured in the State of the World’s Fungi 2018 report, which also documented that fungi are optimal in producing sustainable building materials and capable of removing pollutants from soil and wastewater. Whereas plastic generally takes years to degrade, the mushroom, first discovered growing in a Pakistani dump in 2017, could...
Tags: UK, Design, London, News, Environment, Pollution, Plastic, Fungi, Wastewater, Soil, Mushrooms, Waste Disposal, Plastic Pollution, Building Materials, Kew Gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew


California implements plastic straw ban at dine-in restaurants

A monumental week of reforms forged by California lawmakers saw no sign of slowing down as groundbreaking legislation was brought into effect by Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday. The statesman, who has chastised the overuse of single-use plastics on several occasions, signed a bill banning restaurants from distributing plastic straws with their customers’ beverages. While diners will still be given a straw if they specifically ask for one, the plastic straw ban could make leaps in curtailing un...
Tags: Design, News, Law, California, Restaurants, Environment, San Francisco, Plastic, Jerry Brown, San Francisco Bay, Plastic Pollution, Brown, Legislature, Fast-Food Chains, Single-use Plastics, Plastic Straws