Where does plastic pollution go when it enters the ocean?

Each bit of plastic takes a unique journey once it reaches the ocean. We're trying to spot the patterns.

Ton van den Bremer, Associate Professor of Engineering, Delft University of Technology • conversation
yesterday ~7 min

What are phthalates, and how do they put children's health at risk?

Scientists issued an urgent call for better federal regulation of these endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Here's why.

Stephanie Eick, Postdoctoral Researcher in Reproductive Health, University of California, San Francisco • conversation
yesterday ~6 min

Five ways to reduce your household waste – and stop it being shipped to poorer countries

UK still ships huge amounts of plastic waste to places like Vietnam, Malaysia and Pakistan.

Sankar Sivarajah, Head of School of Management and Professor of Technology Management and Circular Economy, University of Bradford • conversation
Feb. 15, 2021 ~5 min

Hundreds of fish species, including many that humans eat, are consuming plastic

As more and more plastic trash permeates the oceans, fragments are making their way into fish and shellfish – and potentially into humans.

Matthew Savoca, Postdoctoral researcher, Stanford University • conversation
Feb. 9, 2021 ~9 min

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

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

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

The war against plastic is distracting us from pollution that cannot be seen

We need to focus on causes like overconsumption, not the material itself.

Paul Kay, Associate Professor in Water Quality, University of Leeds • conversation
Oct. 26, 2020 ~8 min

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

Bottle-fed babies may consume millions of microplastic particles, our research suggests

Shaking polypropylene bottles and washing them with very hot water can release millions of tiny plastic particles. Here are four ways to reduce exposure.

Yunhong Shi, Postdoctoral Researcher in Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin • conversation
Oct. 19, 2020 ~7 min

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