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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Consumer electronics have changed a lot in 20 years – systems for managing e-waste aren't keeping up

Technical advances are reducing the volume of e-waste generated in the US as lighter, more compact products enter the market. But those goods can be harder to reuse and recycle.

Shahana Althaf, Postdoctoral associate, Yale 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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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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Secondhand clothing sales are booming – and may help solve the sustainability crisis in the fashion industry

Fast fashion is far from green. But the rapid expansion of online clothing resale platforms could help shrink the garment industry's negative impact on the environment.

Cosette Marie Joyner Armstrong, Associate Professor of Fashion Merchandising, Oklahoma State University • conversation
Nov. 16, 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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Most plastic recycling produces low-value materials – but we've found a way to turn a common plastic into high-value molecules

Plastic waste is a global problem. Now a chemist has developed a new strategy for breaking down the most common plastic so it can be not just recycled, but upcycled into desirable goods.

Susannah Scott, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, University of California Santa Barbara • conversation
Oct. 23, 2020 ~6 min

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Designing batteries for easier recycling could avert a looming e-waste crisis

Batteries power much of modern life, from electric and hybrid cars to computers, medical devices and cellphones. But unless they're made easier and cheaper to recycle, a battery waste crisis looms.

Darren H. S. Tan, PhD Candidate in Chemical Engineering, University of California San Diego • conversation
Oct. 22, 2020 ~10 min

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