How to turn plastic waste in your recycle bin into profit

Consumers can turn plastic waste into valuable products at minimal cost using the open source technologies associated with DRAM – distributed recycling and additive manufacturing.

Joshua M. Pearce, Wite Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, and Electrical & Computer Engineering, Michigan Technological University • conversation
Jan. 11, 2021 ~9 min

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Health crisis: up to a billion tonnes of waste potentially burned in the open every year

Two billion people worldwide lack a dedicated system of waste collection and management.

Ed Cook, Research Fellow in Circular Economy Systems, University of Leeds • conversation
Jan. 7, 2021 ~6 min

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Method transforms plastic bags into useful adhesive

Researchers have created a process that turns plastic bags into a tough adhesive. The work could fix an issue with recycling plastic into cheaper products.

Robert Sanders-UC Berkeley • futurity
Dec. 17, 2020 ~9 min

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China biodegradable plastics 'failing to solve pollution crisis'

China's increase in biodegradables is outpacing its ability to degrade plastic, warns Greenpeace.

bbcnews
Dec. 17, 2020 ~5 min

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Mangrove bacteria turns sludge into bioplastics

Using a bacterial strain from mangroves, researchers have uncovered a low-cost, sustainable way to produce bioplastics from sewage sludge and wastewater.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
Dec. 15, 2020 ~7 min

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Human-made objects to outweigh living things

The mass of human-made objects will for the first time likely exceed that of living things in 2020.

bbcnews
Dec. 9, 2020 ~3 min

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Plastics an 'unfolding disaster' for US marine life

For the first time, advocates have tracked how animals in US waters are harmed by plastic pollution.

bbcnews
Nov. 19, 2020 ~3 min

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Ranked: the environmental impact of five different soft drink containers

Here's how to quench your thirst in an environmentally responsible way.

Alice Brock, PhD Candidate in Environmental Science, University of Southampton • conversation
Nov. 17, 2020 ~7 min

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How five different drink containers affect the environment – ranked from worst to best

Here's how to quench your thirst in an environmentally responsible way.

Alice Brock, PhD Candidate in Environmental Science, University of Southampton • conversation
Nov. 17, 2020 ~7 min

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Fact-checking the US and China on climate and environment

We fact-check US and Chinese claims about CO2 emissions, plastic waste and illegal timber.

bbcnews
Nov. 13, 2020 ~5 min

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