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We've now found microplastics on the very highest and lowest points on Earth. Mount Everest is littered with them.

Members of the National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Everest Expedition celebrate after setting up a weather station 27,650 feet up Mount Everest. Mark Fisher/National Geographic Every part of the climbing route up Mount Everest is littered with microplastics, researchers found. They even found plastic fibers just below the summit — at 27,690 feet above sea level — according to a new study. The fibers likely came off climbing gear, clothing, and tents. Microplastics have also been...
Tags: Texas, Science, News, Environment, Trends, Everest, Balcony, National Geographic, Mount Everest, Camp, Base Camp, Plastic Pollution, Marianas Trench, Sherpa, Mark Fisher, South Col


The U.S. Should Stop Blaming Other Countries for Plastic Pollution

Study after study have suggested that Asian countries, particularly ones in Southeast Asia, are the biggest contributors to plastic pollution. This belief has informed policy, too—the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent plan for how to tackle the issue of plastic pollution, for instance, said that together,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Southeast Asia, United States, Plastic, Environmental Protection Agency, Plastic Pollution


Bioplastic Just as Toxic as Traditional Plastic, Study Finds

A new study suggests that bioplastics—plastics that are made from biological material instead of from petroleum and/or are engineered to be biodegradable—contain as many toxic chemicals as conventional plastic.Read more...
Tags: Science, Plastic, Plastic Pollution, Bioplastic, Its A Plastic World


Ghost fishing gear an ‘immortal menace’ in oceans

Lost and illegal tackle is threatening marine life and the lives of people making a living from the sea The post Ghost fishing gear an ‘immortal menace’ in oceans appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Environment, United Nations, Wwf, POTS, Plastic Pollution, Openaccess, Totoaba, World Wildlife Fund, Traps, Vaquitas, Craig Smith, Top Six, Gill Nets, Abandoned Nets, Fish Aggregation Devices, Ghost Fishing Gear


Scientists engineered plastic-eating 'super-enzymes' that can break down bottles in days

Used plastic bottles are seen at a waste collection point in Tokyo, Japan, November 21, 2018. Toru Hanai/Reuters More than 300 million tons of plastic are produced annually worldwide, and most plastics take centuries to break down. A new study describes a "super-enzyme" engineered using proteins derived from plastic-eating bacteria. It can recycle a common type of plastic in days. Such enzymes could help address the growing problem of plastic pollution. Visit Business Insider's homepage fo...
Tags: Pet, Japan, UK, Science, News, Colorado, Environment, Trends, Plastic, Tokyo, Recycling, Pacific Ocean, Gaza Strip, Indian Ocean, Plastic Pollution, Reuters Global


The World’s Plan to Reduce Plastic Pollution Is Trash

In recent years, world leaders have taken steps to curb plastic pollution in the oceans, But a new study, published in Science on Thursday, says these measures are nowhere near enough to get the problem under control.Read more...
Tags: Science, Plastic, Plastic Pollution, Its A Plastic World


The Beginning of the End of the Plastic Era Is Here

While the trend for investing in oil and gas industry has been downward for years, the pandemic has established it as a pretty garbage investment. The industry has set its hopes on plastic to turn the tide, but new research shows that’s a losing bet, too.Read more...
Tags: Science, Investment, Plastic, Oil And Gas, Plastic Pollution


Nivea Is Testing In-Store Dispensers to Refill Soap Bottles and Reduce Plastic Waste

It’s now more apparent than ever that the conveniences of plastic packaging are being outweighed by the environmental impact of the problematic material. Ramping up recycling efforts and minimizing one-time-use plastics are critical to reducing plastic pollution, so Nivea is testing a new kiosk that refills soap…Read more...
Tags: Science, Plastic, Recycling, Vending Machines, Plastic Pollution, Beiersdorf, Nivea, Reduce Plastic Waste


Cars Emit More Than Carbon Pollution—They Release Microplastic, Too

When you take your car for a spin, it’s not just emitting particulate matter and greenhouse gases. The wear and tear of your car’s tires and brakes release microplastic, which winds, rains, and snow can carry to the most remote parts of the world. Read more...
Tags: Science, Cars, Plastic, Ban Cars, Plastic Pollution, Microplastics


Johnnie Walker Will Soon Come in Paper Bottles, but Let's Not Cheers to That Just Yet

When future civilizations look back at the geological record, one product will stand out dramatically from this time period: plastic. In an effort to stem the rising tide of plastic pollution just a bit, a top-selling whiskey will soon come in paper bottles. Don’t get excited just yet, though.Read more...
Tags: Science, Plastic, Zero Waste, Plastic Pollution, Johnnie Walker, The Plastocene


The Lie Behind Plastic Pollution Is That We’re Responsible

In the midst of a mounting plastic crisis, the biggest plastic polluters keep pushing better consumer recycling behaviors as the solution. The plastic waste problem is not going to be solved by doubling down on our efforts to educate the public to recycle better. It can be solved by policies that prevent…Read more...
Tags: Science, Plastic, Recycling, Waste, Plastic Pollution


Coronavirus Could Change Our Relationship With Trash

The coronavirus caused Lauren Singer to do something she hasn’t done in eight years: she created waste. Read more...
Tags: Science, Plastic, Waste, Trash, Plastic Pollution, Lauren Singer, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Earther Is A Trash Blog Now


The Plastics Industry Is Trying to Cash In on the Covid-19 Pandemic

The covid-19 pandemic is forcing many of us to change our best-intentioned behaviors. We’re withholding physical affection, even when our loved ones are in distress. We’re not patronizing our favorite bars, even though they’re struggling to stay afloat.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fossil Fuels, Plastic Pollution, Coronavirus


This New Species Is Named After the Plastic Inside It

Some species are named after beloved teen activists or Lady Gaga. Others are named after plastic. Before science even discovered this deep-sea crustacean, plastic had infiltrated its stomach. So scientists named it accordingly. Meet Eurythenes plasticus.Read more...
Tags: Science, Ocean, Plastic, New Species, Plastic Pollution, Eurythenes Plasticus


Just Opening a Plastic Bottle Can Send Microplastic Pollution Into the Air

Coronavirus is Earth-shatteringly scary, and social distancing sucks. To distract myself and pull my brain out of the depths of speculative despair, I’ve been drinking a ton of seltzer, mostly from plastic bottles. I know that’s bad because plastic is an environmental nightmare, but seltzer water gives me more…Read more...
Tags: Science, Earth, Plastic, Plastic Pollution, Microplastics


New Study Shows Sea Turtles Eat Plastic Because It Smells Like Food

There have been more than enough horrific viral videos of the turtles with straws stuck in their noses to show that plastic is a threat to them (I’ll spare you by not linking them). Studies have found that every minute, the equivalent of one dump truckload of plastic gets into the ocean, and researchers estimate every…Read more...
Tags: Science, Turtles, Plastic, Plastic Pollution, Sea Turtles, Its A Plastic World


Here's What You Need to Know About New York's Plastic Bag Ban Kicking Off in March

On any given day walking through New York City, plastic bags are everywhere you turn. They’re at your corner bodega where you order your sausage, egg, and cheese on a roll; they hold the last-minute necessities you picked up on the way home for dinner; they litter our streets, our subway stations, and our parks.…Read more...
Tags: New York, Science, New York City, Plastic bags, Newyork, Plastic Pollution


Coke, Pepsi, and Other Big Brands Are Getting Sued for Contributing to the Plastic Crisis

Some of the world’s biggest food, beverage, and consumer goods companies are getting their asses sued for their contributions to plastic pollution.Read more...
Tags: Science, Pollution, Plastic, Lawsuits, Plastic Pollution, Coke Pepsi


Erupt Trail Running Shoes

Born from a partnership with Pittsburgh-based organization First Mile, Puma’s Erupt Trail running sneakers employ yarns made from plastic pollution collected in Taiwan, Honduras and Haiti. This silhouette is the first from this sustainable collection, but it’s also a continuation of a refresh of the Puma brand that commenced a few years back. Referencing design-forward footwear both past and present, this iteration offers high-performing tread …
Tags: Design, Shoes, Pollution, Puma, Haiti, Sneakers, Pittsburgh, Plastic Pollution, First Mile, Recycled Plastics, Trail Shoes, Material Innovation, Taiwan Honduras


Many Plastics Aren't Actually Recyclable, a New Report Shows

Companies say that a lot of single-use plastic items are recyclable: cups, trays, lids, cutlery, straws, stirrers. But it turns out those claims are misleading. Read more...
Tags: Science, Plastic, Recycling, Greenpeace, Plastic Pollution


China plans to phase out single-use plastics by 2025

As the world’s most populous country, with close to 1.5 billion denizens, China also produces the largest quantity of plastic. In fact, the University of Oxford-based publication Our World In Data (OWID) has documented China’s plastic production rate at 60 million tons per year. To mitigate the resulting plastic pollution, the Chinese government is set to enact a plastic ban, phasing out the production and use of several single-use plastic items by 2025, thanks to a detailed policy directive and...
Tags: Europe, Design, News, China, Environment, Ireland, Middle East, University of Oxford, North America, Pacific, Latin America, Caribbean, South Asia, Plastic Waste, North Africa, Waste Disposal


Museum of Plastic pops up during Art Basel Miami Beach

The Museum of Plastic is popping up once again, this time at the EDITION Hotel during Art Basel Miami Beach, from Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 8. Creative incubator Lonely Whale designed the art installation to raise awareness about plastic pollution in the oceans, first unveiling it earlier this year in New York during World Oceans Week. Lonely Whale is known for campaigns like the anti-straw Stop Sucking and the anti-single-use plastic water bottle Question How You Hydrate. Inha...
Tags: New York, Design, Interviews, Hp, Conservation, Adrian Grenier, Seattle, Art Basel, Public Art, Ocean Pollution, Art Basel Miami, Sustainability Initiatives, Plastic Pollution, Ives, Heron, Basel Miami Beach


Manta Rays and Whale Sharks Are Consuming a Staggering Amount of Plastic

Manta rays and whale sharks are among the largest filter-feeding fishes on the planet. To power their bulk, they sieve massive quantities of plankton out of the water. But new research off the coast of Indonesia suggests their meals come with an unwanted garnish: an alarming amount of plastic waste .Read more...
Tags: Science, Indonesia, Ocean Plastic, Plastic Pollution, Manta, Whale Sharks, Manta Rays


#KICKPLASTIC: How Does Plastic Pollution Affect the Ocean We Love

#KICKPLASTIC: How Does Plastic Pollution Affect the Ocean We Love We all love the ocean. We don’t want to lose fishing’s greatest source of happiness, right? Then we should take some preventive steps for our oceans to survive for future generations. Let’s begin with some facts that you should know: By 2050 ocean plastics will outweigh all the ocean’s fishes! That can’t happen! I haven’t beaten my PB Marlin yet! One out of four fish tested have plastic in them...
Tags: Texas, Australia, Inspiration, Bill Clinton, United Nations, South Pacific, Vanuatu, Featured Post, Ocean Pollution, Plastic Pollution, Ocean Blue Fishing, Vanuatu Fishing, Plastic Ocean, Save The Ocean, Kickplastic, Save The Fishes


The Ocean Cleanup reveals the Interceptor to remove plastic pollution from rivers

After recently announcing its first success at collecting plastic waste from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, The Ocean Cleanup team is widening efforts by addressing the main entry point of litter — rivers. To tackle the 1,000 rivers responsible for about 80 percent of global ocean plastic pollution, the nonprofit has deployed a new invention, the Interceptor. The Interceptor catches and collects plastic junk, preventing its flow from rivers into oceans. “To truly rid the oceans of plastic, wha...
Tags: Design, News, Environment, River, Interceptor, Plastic Waste, Waste Disposal, Water Issues, Boyan Slat, Ocean Cleanup, Plastic Pollution, Indonesia Malaysia, The Ocean Cleanup, United States Los Angeles, Slat, Plastic Cleanup


Your Vape Litter Is Becoming an Environmental Disaster

Anyone who’s participated in a beach cleanup is familiar with the classic cup of cigarette butts. The collection of nasty, soggy, chemically remains of cigarettes is the top item—often numbering in the thousands per cleanup—found in the sand in many parts of the U.S. along with other bits of plastic pollution.Read more...
Tags: Science, Plastic, Vaping, Juul, Plastic Pollution, E Waste, As If We Needed Another Reason To Quit Vaping


This Uninhabited Island Is Covered in Rubber Bands Because Birds Think They’re Worms

British conservationists have figured out why a protected island near the UK’s southwest coast is littered with thousands of elastic bands.Read more...
Tags: UK, Science, Birds, Pollution, Ecology, Animal Behavior, Plastic Pollution, Gulls


Halloween generates frightening amounts of plastic waste each year

Two eco-minded British charities, Hubbub and the Fairyland Trust, have revealed that Halloween generates mounds of plastic waste equal in weight to millions of plastic bottles. Besides food and costume packaging and masks and accessories, plastic lurks in the costumes, which are often made from fabrics like polyester, nylon, acrylic and other synthetic fibers. After polling 19 prominent British retailers, Hubbub and the found that more than 2,000 metric tons of plastic waste are generated from...
Tags: Costume, Design, News, Diy, Environment, Plastic Waste, Waste Disposal, Eco Textiles, Plastic Pollution, Green Halloween


Scotland bans plastic-stemmed cotton swabs in bid to combat plastic pollution

Following backlash concerning plastic waste buildup in beaches and oceans, Scotland is now the first country in the United Kingdom to officially ban the manufacture, supply and sale of plastic-stemmed cotton swabs, commonly known by the brand name of Q-tips. Environmentalists and conservationists are hailing the change as wonderful news for wildlife and ecosystems. Before the new ban came into effect, several cosmetic giants already made the switch to manufacturing more biodegradable alternative...
Tags: Design, News, Scotland, Environment, Policy, United Kingdom, Johnson, Plastic Waste, Waste Disposal, Plastic Pollution, Science Advances, World Economic Forum, Envrionment, U K, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Marine Conservation Society


World Environment Day

World Environment Day (WED) takes place every 5th of June and is the UN's most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment.World Environment Day was established by the UN General Assembly in 1972 on the first day of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment, resulting from discussions on the integration of human interactions and the environment. Two years later, in 1974 the first WED was held with the theme "Only One Earth".Since it...
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