30% Of Microplastic Pollution Comes From Washing Clothes, But This Company Has A Solution

CleanTechnica

Consumer Technology Micro Catch microplastics plasticsThe company has come up with a great way to significantly reduce the problem at the source, directly at the washing machine. Its solution is a new kind of smart filter that can either be integrated or added onto existing washing machines.

Autonomous Draper Drone to detect microplastics in the water

Inhabitat - Innovation

Microplastic pollution is everywhere, but its size—less than five millimeters in length—makes the threat almost invisible to the naked eye.

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Microplastics accelerate cell death at 3 times the normal rate, study says

Inhabitat - Innovation

Researchers from the University Medical Centre (UMC) Utrecht recently announced that cells exposed to microplastics experience cell death three times faster than those that are not. With microplastic pollution everywhere, the findings are sobering

Ocean Conservation: Microplastics in the Food Chain

Green Tech Challenge

Ocean conservation microplastics ocean oceanconservation pollution wasteFor years we’ve listened to environmentalists and conservationists talk about the need to reduce plastic waste. This problem does not seem to be going away as quickly as it should.

Autonomous Draper Drone to detect microplastics in the water

AGreenLiving

Microplastic pollution is everywhere, but its size — less than five millimeters in length — makes the threat almost invisible to the naked eye. That’s why Cambridge-based research and development lab Draper has teamed up with the Environmental Protection Agency and design firm Sprout Studios to create the Draper Drone, a concept for an autonomous underwater vehicle that implements Draper’s portable microplastics sensor. Autonomous Draper Drone to detect microplastics in the water.

This Is Why Microplastics Are So Hard To Detect In The Ocean

Forbes Green Tech

Why can we genetically engineer genes with increasing precision, but cannot easily detect marine microplastics

Ocean Conservation: Microplastics in the Food Chain

Green Tech Challenge

More specifically, microplastic. Mussels, tuna, sardines, sea bream, hake, you name it; all contain an amount of microplastics consumed while in the sea. Research conducted by Orb Media found microplastic particles in bottled water as well. How do Microplastics come about?

One plastic teabag can release billions of microplastics into your cup

Inhabitat - Innovation

The next time you are craving tea, choose the paper teabag or loose-leaf tea in a reusable infuser — just steer clear of the plastic teabag

Filipino researchers report microplastics inside a commonly consumed fish

Eco-Business

A study of rabbitfish (Siganus fuscescens) in four coastal areas in the Philippines shows high levels of microplastics in the fish’s digestive system.

In Honolulu, An Ambitious Plastics Reduction Bill Is Moving Through City Council

CleanTechnica

Cleantech News Fossil Fuels Green Economy Health Media Policy & Politics Hawaii honolulu microplastics ocean pollution plastic waste zero-wasteBill 40, an ambitious plastics reduction bill, is moving swiftly through Honolulu City Council, with wide bi-partisan support.

One plastic teabag can release billions of microplastics into your cup

AGreenLiving

A recent McGill University study found that just one plastic teabag can leach billions of microplastic particles into your beverage. Next, the research duo collaboratively ran tests and analyses in the laboratory to discover the amount of microplastics being released after steeping the teabag. Related: Have your plastic and eat it, too — average American ingests 50,000 microplastic particles a year Results alarmingly showed that as many as 11.6

Microplastics accelerate cell death at 3 times the normal rate, study says

AGreenLiving

Researchers from the University Medical Centre (UMC) Utrecht recently announced that cells exposed to microplastics experience cell death three times faster than those that are not. With microplastic pollution everywhere, the findings are sobering. The term microplastics has steadily crept into contemporary literature. Plastic does not readily biodegrade , but rather splinters into progressively smaller pieces, or microplastics.

In Indonesian waters, filter feeders can ingest up to hundreds of microplastic particles every hour

Eco-Business

Reef manta rays may eat up to 63 pieces of plastic per hour when feeding in Nusa Penida and Komodo National Park, while whale sharks could be consuming up to 137 pieces per hour during seasonal aggregations in Java, a new study has revealed

'They are everywhere': WHO calls for research into health impacts of microplastics pollution

Business Green

Huge numbers of tiny particles of plastics in water supplies are unlikely to post serious health risk, but data is 'extremely limited' UN health body warns

This group is teaching new sailors how to tackle plastic pollution

Grist

What’s worse, instead of breaking down, plastic breaks into smaller and smaller pieces called microplastics, making it even harder to clean up. Cities News Science American Sailing Association microplastics ocean cleanup ocean plastic

Ocean Conservation: Ocean Acidification and the Impacts of Fish Migration

Green Tech Challenge

Ocean conservation microplastic noplastic oceanconservation oceans plasticwaste pollution wastePut simply, ocean acidification is the imbalance of chemical content in ocean water; whereby there is increased acidity, and upward temperature changes. Water with a pH,of 7 is pure.

Government is “passing water pollution buck to the car industry”, experts warn

Envirotec Magazine

Particles from brake and tyre wear include copper and zinc, microplastics and a group of chemicals called polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). It’s been estimated that more than 60,000 tonnes of microplastics alone are being emitted on the road network annually.

The Ocean Cleanup has first success collecting plastic from Great Pacific Garbage Patch

AGreenLiving

As an added bonus, not only was the prototype able to collect large, visible items but also microplastics as small as one millimeter. Business Green Recycle environment garbage great-pacific infamous-as-the junk microplastic pollution nonprofit ocean-cleanup plastic pollution plastic-debris water issuesThe Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch nonprofit dedicated to eliminating plastic pollution in the oceans, recently announced its first success.

Stunning boho-style tiny house comes with open-air bar

AGreenLiving

Green banjo tiny house Business junk microplastic pollution natural light post-format-gallery Recycle tiny home on wheelsByron Bay-based tiny home builders, Little Byron , have unveiled a gorgeous tiny home design that not only has an ingenious living and sleeping area, but also includes an open air bar area. The Banjo tiny home is just 23 feet long and 8 feet wide, but its breathtaking, space-efficient design makes it seems so much bigger.

More than half of Europes native trees face extinction

AGreenLiving

Eco Green biodiversity biodiversity loss conservation food health microplastic plastic alternatives tree universityEurope’s endemic trees are threatened by extinction, states a recent International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) assessment on biodiversity. The unfortunate decline is due to the combination of three paramount factors: problematic invasive species , unsustainable deforestation from logging and wood harvesting and urban development.

Vancouver Food Tour showcases the city’s vegan side

AGreenLiving

Business Eco Green conservation eat & drink health microplastic portland street veganAs we sit at MeeT in Gastown eating sweet-chili cauliflower, Hannah Enkerlin tells me she thinks vegetarians are more evolved people than omnivores, more in touch with animals and environmental health. My guide on Vancouver Food Tour co-founded this vegan tour in 2017, after an explosion of new local vegan businesses.

The Ocean Cleanup project finally cleaned up some plastic

Grist

Our ocean cleanup system is now finally catching plastic, from one-ton ghost nets to tiny microplastics! The new system even managed to pick up 1-millimeter microplastics, which Ocean Cleanup described as “a feat we were pleasantly surprised to achieve” in a press release.

What if the Great Pacific Garbage Patch isn’t the ocean’s biggest plastic problem?

Grist

When plastic debris end up in the ocean, they break into smaller microplastics, often invisible to the human eye, that swirl in the water column or sink to the bottom of the sea. This story was originally published by WIRED and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Infographic: Our Plastic Earth

AGreenLiving

Eco appeared-first earth911-com- first-on-earth911 has-reached infographic microplastics ocean-plastic plastic pollution plastic-earth pollutionThe extent of plastic pollution has reached a level that … The post Infographic: Our Plastic Earth appeared first on Earth911.com.

Fast Fashion: The Damage It’s Caused and How to Stop It

The Environmental Blog

The microplastics in clothes are non-biodegradable and pollute the water. Fashion is an industry that sometimes flies under the radar in terms of its environmental impact. And while it has always had these effects, the industry has increased production drastically in the last few years alone.

Scientists warn we are now entering the plastic age

AGreenLiving

This could be worrisome as people consume at least 50,000 microplastic particles a year via food and water. A recent study reports plastic pollution has deposited itself into our fossil record.

Everloops sustainable toothbrush comes with replaceable bamboo bristles

AGreenLiving

Related: Tooth — the eco-friendly toothbrush made from recycled and biodegradable materials The plastic handles on typical toothbrushes are regularly found during beach cleanups, and the tiny nylon bristles have the potential to contribute to microplastics in the ocean.

Environmentally friendly leather wins European circular economy startup award

Envirotec Magazine

Differently coloured trustmarks indicate whether products and/or packaging are free of plastics and microplastics or are made of recyclates. The winning entry from Gelatex Technologies is described as an eco-friendly alternative to conventional leather.

Report: Plastics bans failing to tackle 'throwaway culture'

Business Green

For example, the report highlights how the UK's ban on microbeads in wash off cosmetics was introduced in June 2018 and described by the government as "world leading", but failed to address 90 per cent of the intentionally added microplastics that still pollute the environment.

'Huge potential': EU targets throwaway culture with sweeping circular economy plan

Business Green

From primary materials to microplastics, it is clear we need to go big on circularity to ensure substantial measures are taken to tackle environmental degradation and climate change," she said.

Golden State bans hotel mini-toiletries in effort to minimize waste

AGreenLiving

Related: One plastic teabag can release billions of microplastics into your cup As a replacement, hotels can offer bulk products, such as wall-mounted public dispensers.

Plastics: no longer a punch line

Martin LaMonica

But much of the plastic pollution in the oceans is microplastics – many times smaller than the width of a human hair. One of my responsibilities at The Conversation is to originate and coordinate series of articles on an important topic.

Say No To Styrofoam: Eco-Friendly Take Out Boxes

Green Business Bureau

Small fish and organisms can mistake any sort of microplastics as food and ingest them causing illness or death. Eco-friendly restaurants are making the switch from the classic, white styrofoam boxes to cardboard take out boxes.

Ice rink alternatives and their environmental impact

AGreenLiving

Critics of plastic ice worry about the environmental implications of the microplastics that could be released as skates erode the synthetic ice surface and create shavings and abrasions, which, when brushed or cleaned off of the rink, would likely be dumped in the refuse bin.

Macys and Bloomingdales to be fur-free by 2021

AGreenLiving

That’s because polyester, nylon and other petroleum-based textile fibers are exacerbating the microplastic pollution crisis. In partnership with the Humane Society of the United States, both Macy’s and its subsidiary, Bloomingdale’s, will cease sales of authentic fur.

Scandinavian company Tikkurila debuts new paint collection to protect endangered species

AGreenLiving

Related: Microplastics accelerate cell death at 3 times the normal rate, study says “The goal of Tikkurila’s paints has always been to protect buildings and furniture, thus increasing their lifespan,” shares Elisa Markula, CEO of Tikkurila.

High levels of plastic byproducts discovered in children, study finds

AGreenLiving

Plastics and microplastics surround us; consequently, we cannot avoid being exposed. A “human biomonitoring” study, jointly conducted by the German Environment Ministry and the Robert Koch Institute, is sounding the clarion warning that plastic pollution is present — and not just in our oceans, estuaries and the fish we eat. Rather alarmingly, the study found toxic levels of plastic byproducts in 97 percent of the blood and urine samples gathered from 2,500 children tested.

Is Fish-Free February set to become the new Veganuary?

Business Green

Plastics - particularly microplastics - are mentioned, but the manifesto focuses much more heavily on addressing overfishing and lobbying for more protected marine areas.

Laying Down Our Markers

Elemental Excelerator

On some of the beaches in Hawaii’s Big Island, as much as 15% of the “sand” is actually grains of microplastic. What is your North Star? At Elemental Excelerator, we are working to create a world where the environment and communities thrive together.

Aluminum cans vs plastic bottles: which is best for the environment?

AGreenLiving

Over 90% of the plastics found in the ocean is comprised of microplastics, which commonly end up ingested by aquatic animals, often killing them through choking or toxicity. We’ve all been guilty of buying an unsustainable beverage every once in a while, but when faced with the perplexing conundrum of whether to grab that plastic bottle or aluminum can, which do you believe to be more environmentally-friendly ?