Vacuuming Plastic From The Ocean

CleanTechnica

Vacuuming plastic from the ocean sounds oddly impossible, but Clear Blue Sea, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to cleansing the oceans from plastic pollution, is working on doing as much of this as it can.

What Are “Ocean-Bound Plastics?”

CleanTechnica

What are "ocean-bound plastics" and how are they a good (or bad) thing? Science Water ocean-bound plastic oceans plastic Plastic Bank plastics recyclable materials recyclingI saw a tweet in my feed by SwiftOnSecurity using this term that grabbed my attention.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Teenage Mutant Enzyme Feasts On Plastic Bottles Made Of PET

CleanTechnica

Researchers in France have created an enzyme that digests PET plastic, the material most single-use soda and water bottles are made from. Science Carbios PET plastic plastics

How Do We End Plastic? It Starts By Knowing What Works

CleanTechnica

Last year, CleanTechnica colleague Andrea Bertoli and I testified before the Honolulu City Council in support Bill 40, a groundbreaking piece of environmental legislation that brought about a phaseout of single use plastics, foam products, and other such rubbish from our island.

Despite Industry Lies & Bribes, Single-Use Plastics Are On The Wane

CleanTechnica

More companies are turning away from single-use plastics as public consciousness about plastic pollution increases. Consumer Technology Green Economy Milwaukee Brewers plastic bags plastic packaging plastics SC Johnson single-use plastic Tesco waste Wegmans

Himalayan Village Successfully Bans Single-Use Plastics

CleanTechnica

A small Himalayan village had a creative solution to the Indian Prime Minister's urge for people to stop using single-use plastics across the country. Health environment India plastic single-use plastic

The Story Of Plastics Is A Must-See Video For Earth Day

CleanTechnica

This Wednesday is Earth Day and a perfect time to curl up with a good lime rickey and watch Deia Schlosberg's documentary, "The Story Of Plastic" on the Discovery Channel. Media Deia Schlosberg plastic recycling plastic waste plastics The Story Of Plastic

In Midst Of Natural Gas Glut, Plastic Industry Bent, Not Broken (Yet)

CleanTechnica

Plastic industry facing a petrochemical vs. circular economy smackdown as COVID-19 outbreak shrinks big plans for natural gas. Green Economy Appalachia ocean plastic petrochemicals plastic Royal Dutch Shell united states US

Adidas Leads The Way On Plastic Recycling

CleanTechnica

Adidas is an industry leader in using recycled PET plastic in its products. As more companies follow its lead, the price of plastic waste may begin to rise, making it valuable enough to stop discarding it in landfills and oceans.

Honolulu Makes History With Comprehensive Plastic Bill!

CleanTechnica

Last night in Honolulu, we made history: Bill 40, a comprehensive plastic phase-out bill, was approved 7–2 at the Honolulu City Council. Activists from across the island have been working for nearly a decade to get smart plastic legislation passed in the city and state.

Using Plastic Waste To Build Schools In The Ivory Coast

CleanTechnica

Plastic bricks made from plastic trash are building new schools in the Ivory Coast. Buildings Conceptos Plasticos Ivory Coast Plastic bricks UNICEF

Surprise! Ocean Could Help Solve Own Ocean Plastic Problem

CleanTechnica

The waters of the Earth are beseiged by a torrent of plastic waste, but seawater could help stem the tide with a new biodegradable solution. Research Water Algae bioplastics cyanobacteria Kobe University oceans plastics

Coca-Cola Will Continue With Single-Use Plastic Bottles Because That’s What People Want

CleanTechnica

Coca-Cola's head of sustainability told the World Economic Forum this week her company has no intention of reducing the number of single use plastic bottles it churns out every year.

Michigan Teen Turns Plastic Trash Into T-Shirts

CleanTechnica

Jackson Reigler is building a business based on making clothing using polyester yarn from recycled plastic bottles. Green Economy Jackson Reigler Oski plastics polyester T shirt recycled recycled plastic

China Moves To Phase Out Single-Use Plastic Starting This Year

CleanTechnica

China is taking a big step forward in the war on single-use plastic. It is banning most plastic bags this year and cuts in plastic utensils and carry-out containers over the next 5 years. Policy & Politics China plastic bag ban plastic recycling single-use plastic

Down plastic, up morale: How a sustainability graduate school is reducing single-use plastic

GreenBiz

Our finance department measured the “before” of our office’s single-use plastic, and implemented improvements right away. plastic Plastic Waste Standards & Certification Thinking in Systems

Could Banana Leaf Technology Squelch Our Use Of Single-Use Plastics?

CleanTechnica

Banana leaves that can replace plastic wrap and other plastic wraps -- one more attempt to save the planet from ourselves.

More Bad News For Oil & Gas: Plastic Recycling Targeted By University of Delaware

CleanTechnica

More bad news for oil and gas stakeholders, new high tech plastic recycling-upcycling research center launches at University of Delaware. Research Science Center for Plastics Innovation Chamours Delaware DOE LaShanda Korely Thomas H.

Taming plastic waste with silica plastic blocks

Inhabitat - Innovation

In a bid to curb plastic waste pollution, India-based company Rhino Machines has invented a way of using plastic to make construction blocks. The silica plastic blocks (SPBs) are strong enough to build a house and can be useful in reducing world pollution problems

The case for exploring jute as an alternative to plastic

GreenBiz

Circular Economy plasticFor starters, it's a material that is readily available, biodegradable and affordable.

Converting Plastic Waste Into Construction Materials

CleanTechnica

The Center for Regenerative Design and Collaboration (CRDC), which is based in Costa Rica, has been developing a process to convert waste plastic into building materials like bricks and concrete.

Now more than ever, it seems we can't live without plastic

GreenBiz

Companies and governments are working to minimize environmental harm of plastic packaging and products, but they face a nuanced reality. COVID-19 Plastic Plastic Waste

The haunting reality of ocean plastics

GreenBiz

ocean plastic Oceans & Fisheries plastic Plastic Waste Pollution PreventionA new report highlights the lasting danger of pollution in our seas — but also the opportunity to remove and innovate with the resources that get dumped there.

Plastic Crisis? No Problem, FLAM Is Coming With Bonus 3-D Printing

CleanTechnica

A killer combo of food waste recycling, 3-D printing, and the biobased plastic alternative FLAM spells more trouble for oil and gas stakeholders. Research bioplastic circular economy DOE FLAM plastics SUTD Waste Reduction

Plastic to-go containers are bad, but the alternatives might not be much better

GreenBiz

Single-use plastic bans are showing up across the nation. But compostable plates and forks may not solve the plastic crisis. Design & Packaging Life-Cycle Management plastic Plastic Waste

Marriott Aims For 33% Reduction In Plastic Waste

CleanTechnica

Marriott is on a mission to reduce plastic waste at an epic scale. That is only possible because Marriott uses plastic at an epic scale, and it's not a goal of becoming 0% plastic, but it's an effort to be lauded nonetheless.

Waste 343

Why plastics are also a climate issue

GreenBiz

We can’t tackle one successfully without tackling the other, as many of the reasons for and solutions to the growing plastic and climate problems are the same. Circular Economy Oil & Gas Plastic Waste Recycling

Shelter-At-Home Project: Eliminate Single-Use Plastics With Durable Alternatives

CleanTechnica

Climate Change Consumer Technology coffee coronavirus COVID-19 plastics Reusable Straws single-use plastics Sustainability waste zero-waste

Domo, Covestro, BASF are testing blockchain for tracing plastics

GreenBiz

The mission: create an open data-sharing application that chemicals and plastics producers can use to inform circular production processes. Circular Economy Blockchain plastic

Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Dr Pepper team up for recycled plastics drive

GreenBiz

Circular Economy ocean plastic plastic Plastic Waste Recycling Waste ManagementThe collaboration spearheaded by WWF will focus on boosting recycling infrastructure and public awareness campaigns in the U.S.

Rethinking food packaging can dent the plastic pollution crisis

GreenBiz

Although the global economy is increasingly wrapped in plastic, companies of all sizes are dramatically reducing their use of it. Circular Economy Food & Agriculture Plastic Waste Pollution Prevention

This year’s resolution: Fix the broken plastic material system

GreenBiz

The momentum to stop plastic pollution continues to grow, so how do we channel it into real systems change? Circular Economy Plastic Waste Recycling Waste

A surge of new plastic production is on the way

GreenBiz

Major oil companies, facing the prospect of reduced demand for their fuels, are ramping up their plastics output. Circular Economy Climate Justice oil plastic Shell

The Plastics Recycling Puzzle: Can Chemistry Close the Loop?

CleanTech Group

Challenges associated with plastics across their lifecycle have become increasingly apparent in recent years. Materials & Chemicals Materials and Chemicals Plastic Recycling Recycling & Waste Resources & Environment chemical recycling circular plastics plastic waste Plastics

To manage plastic waste, you first have to measure it — here's how we did it for one Caribbean country

GreenBiz

Measuring the problem is often challenging for plastics, due to lack of data on where they come from and end up. plastic Plastic Waste

Are Bio-Based Plastics the Answer to the Plastic Crisis?

CleanTech Group

As our global addiction to plastic worsens, bio-based plastics offer an alternative solution. While 85% of plastics can be substituted with bio-based plastics, Cleantech Events Cleantech Insights Plastic Recycling Plastics Policy Recycling & Waste Resources & Environment

Unilever sets goals to reduce its plastic use and support a 'waste-free world'

GreenBiz

The consumer goods giant pledges to halve its use of virgin plastic. Circular Economy Corporate Social Responsibility Plastic Waste

Waste 359

Hundreds of companies crack down on plastic from fast fashion to supermarkets and beyond

GreenBiz

The initial headline-grabbing pledges to phase out single use plastic may have become old news, but the new normal is seeing hundreds of companies quietly advance their plastic reduction strategies. Circular Economy packaging Plastic Waste

How China and the U.S. can innovate on plastic waste

GreenBiz

Circular Economy Plastic Waste RecyclingThe world's two biggest producers and consumers of stuff stand to play a pivotal role in creating a circular economy, but they'll both have to get out of their own way.

Waste 347

Different Uses of Recycled HDPE Plastic

The Environmental Blog

In the United States, HDPE is a commonly used plastic. This plastic is sturdy, so it can resist bursting and tearing. Also, it’s an easy-to-recycle plastic polymer in which recycling companies collect and process HDPE products. For Plastic Lumber and Furniture.

A peek into HP's investment in reducing ocean-bound plastic in Haiti

GreenBiz

Circular Economy Corporate Social Responsibility ocean plastic Plastic Waste Waste ManagementThe partnership has created another income source for Haitians and potentially a lower carbon footprint for HP.

Plant-Based Bottles Could Degrade In One Year

CleanTechnica

Avantium, a company based in the Netherlands, is experimenting with biodegradable plant-based plastics that could replace the single-use plastic bottles used by soda and beer manufacturers. Manufacturing Science Avantium plant based plastic single-use plastic

Lilly Is On A Mission To End Thailand’s Plastic Addiction

CleanTechnica

Climate Change Health Climate change people making a difference plastic waste ThailandMeet Lilly, a young student in Thailand who often skips school for an hour to clean up her canals and streams.