Your wash cycle pollutes the land and the ocean

Thanks in part to our taste for "fast fashion" made from synthetic microfibers, our washing machines aren't just polluting the ocean, but the land, too.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Sept. 18, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: sustainability pollution consumers earth-and-environment clothing plastics

There’s more to plastic waste than bottles and bags

Two-thirds of the plastic waste in the US in 2017 came from things other than plastic packaging, a new study shows.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
Aug. 26, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: pollution earth-and-environment plastics

Team finds paint, baby formula, and more in oysters

"We were particularly surprised to find three different brands of milk powder formula, which comprised 14% of the microdebris contaminants."

Tom Vasich-UC Irvine • futurity
July 31, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: bacteria pollution food oceans earth-and-environment health-and-medicine plastics oysters

Reviews sound the alarm on endocrine disruptors

A broad look at research on endocrine disruptors and human health consequences suggests regulations need to catch up to the evidence.

Shira Polan-NYU • futurity
July 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: pollution hormones earth-and-environment health-and-medicine laws plastics flame-retardants bisphenol-a-bpa

Method makes plastic transparent and conductive

A method to make plastic conductive and more transparent could improve large touchscreens, LED light panels, and window-mounted infrared solar cells.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
July 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: light materials-science science-and-technology plastics

Team finds a way to fix 3D printing’s ‘weak spot’

Plastics are a popular 3D printing material, but mechanically weak. New technology overcomes the problem.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
May 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: heat 3d-printing nanotubes science-and-technology plastics

Expert: COVID-19 could boost plastic pollution

An expert breaks down why the COVID-19 pandemic has increased plastic use, and why plastic pollution could become a larger problem in the future.

Fengwei Xie-Warwick • futurity
May 13, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: sustainability covid-19 pollution earth-and-environment plastics

Algorithm points to best way to deal with ocean plastic

It's possible to design plastic that can break down in the ocean but is it practical? Researchers used machine learning to find out.

Matthew Swayne-Penn State • futurity
March 3, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: machine-learning recycling oceans algorithms earth-and-environment plastics

BPA-free plastic may still not be safe

Is BPA-free plastic safe? New research with mice suggests the alternative chemical, BPS, also poses risks.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
Feb. 19, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: placenta featured health-and-medicine plastics

Expert: Taxes beat bans for promoting reusable bags

More places are restricting or banning plastic bags at the store. A professor of economics and public policy says taxes better push people to reusable.

Robert Polner-NYU • futurity
Jan. 31, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: pollution taxes consumers society-and-culture earth-and-environment laws plastics

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