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Study shows biodegradable plastics do not break down more quickly in landfills

Study shows biodegradable plastics do not break down more quickly in landfills

Plastic products labeled as biodegradable may not decompose any more quickly than standard plastics. A new study by Susan Selke and Rafael Auras in the ACS journal, Environmental Science & Technology,

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New study finds Great Barrier Reef corals eat plastic pollution

New study finds Great Barrier Reef corals eat plastic pollution

One creature's trash may be another creature's lunch, according to new research out of James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, that suggests some Great Barrier Reef corals eat plastic pollution.

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Thousands of recycled plastic bottles decorate this spectacular LED tree in Nottingham

Thousands of recycled plastic bottles decorate this spectacular LED tree in Nottingham

Turner hand made over a thousand unique LED plastic bottle flowers for the tree light installation. Each plastic bottle was sandblasted to create a white frosted appearance, cut up, and sculpted into

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Scientists Create World’s First Self-Healing Plastic

Scientists Create World’s First Self-Healing Plastic

Photo via Shutterstock Spanish scientists have developed the world's first self-healing polymer - a plastic that can be cut in half and then left to repair itself without any outside intervention.

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13 million tons of plastic dumped into the ocean in 2010, study finds

13 million tons of plastic dumped into the ocean in 2010, study finds

A massive study undertaken by researchers from Australia and the U.S. has determined that we are throwing far more plastic waste into the oceans than previously thought. In 2010, between 4.8 and 12.7

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Eco-friendly youth center is built from bamboo, earth bricks, and recycled plastic bottles in Phnom Penh

Eco-friendly youth center is built from bamboo, earth bricks, and recycled plastic bottles in Phnom Penh

__A group of six, young, Finnish architects has designed and realized an ecologically and socially sustainable youth center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The center hosts teaching in computer skills, languages

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Michael Hansmeyer Unveils Insanely Complex Plastic Columns with 16 Million Unique Facets

Michael Hansmeyer Unveils Insanely Complex Plastic Columns with 16 Million Unique Facets

Hansmeyer's process involves creating an algorithm to design the structure of the Doric column. In the case of the Gwangju Design Biennale installation, none of the four columns share a single surface or

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Alki’s new bioplastic chair is completely biodegradable

Alki’s new bioplastic chair is completely biodegradable

Kuskoa Bi has classic simple lines reminiscent of those seen in the Eames' DAW Chair. But instead of using fiberglass the ingenious seat is entirely made from a bio-based polymer (bioplastic) made from

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Sea turtles face growing danger due to plastic trash in Australian waters

Sea turtles face growing danger due to plastic trash in Australian waters

pic Sea turtles living off the coast of Australia face a growing danger in their own habitat: ocean plastic. The amount of plastic debris in the waters surrounding Australia is growing rapidly and so

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New plastic recycling process uses no water and cuts costs in half

New plastic recycling process uses no water and cuts costs in half

A Mexico-based tech company says it can recycle more than 90 percent of any type of plastic without using water. The new method also reduces costs by half without suffering any loss in quality,

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Consumerist Christmas Tree uses 2,000 plastic bags to make you rethink holiday shopping

Consumerist Christmas Tree uses 2,000 plastic bags to make you rethink holiday shopping

This December marks the second year in a row that Luzinterruptus has installed the Consumerist Christmas Tree. The first installation in 2013 had been located in the English city of Durham for the Lumiere

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Rotterdam’s floating, plastic waste-trapping Recycled Park opens this week

Rotterdam’s floating, plastic waste-trapping Recycled Park opens this week

This week marks a new beginning in Rotterdam: the Recycled Park will begin to retrieve litter from the New Meuse (Nieuwe Maas) river, preventing it from being washed out to the sea. An initiative of

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INFOGRAPHIC: How we can reduce our dependency on plastic

INFOGRAPHIC: How we can reduce our dependency on plastic

Plastics are one of the most versatile and convenient materials on the planet, but their improper disposal has had devastating effects on the environment. The amount of plastic waste in our environment

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There are over 5 trillion pieces of plastic in the oceans

There are over 5 trillion pieces of plastic in the oceans

For the first time ever, scientists have managed to collect data confirming just how much plastic trash is floating around in the world’s oceans. According to their research, right now there are ove 5

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Bruce Munro Illuminates Straw Bales and Plastic for the Winter Light Installation at Waddesdon Gardens

Bruce Munro Illuminates Straw Bales and Plastic for the Winter Light Installation at Waddesdon Gardens

Winter Light at Waddesdon is Munro's third installation at the grandiose British gardens. But four out of the seven pieces on show are completely new and created especially for this winter event. That

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This Inspiring Multicolored Community Center is Made From Over 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles

This Inspiring Multicolored Community Center is Made From Over 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles

The Cazucá community is currently home to around 70,000 people and is marked by extreme poverty and poor access to public services. In order to address these issues, the Nukanti Foundation teamed up

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Booq Launches Stylish Cobra Slim Bag Made From Recycled Plastic Bottle Yarn

Booq Launches Stylish Cobra Slim Bag Made From Recycled Plastic Bottle Yarn

At Inhabitat, we're always amazed by the many surprising ways designers breathe new life into recycled plastic bottles, and Booq's recently launched Cobra slim bag is no exception. The chic and

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PETE Turns Plastic Bottles into Clothing Right at Home

PETE Turns Plastic Bottles into Clothing Right at Home

Want to reduce your plastic waste without it ever leaving your home? Meet PETE, one of the six finalists in the Electrolux Design Lab competition, which lets you recycle plastic bottles into clothing

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Ditch the Plastic Food Wrap With All-Natural and Reusable Bee’s Wrap

Ditch the Plastic Food Wrap With All-Natural and Reusable Bee’s Wrap

Clear plastic wrap is both really convenient and really wasteful. However, Vermont farmer Sarah Kaeck has developed a truly ingenious solution this food wrap waste problem with an all natural product

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California Just Signed the Nation’s First State-Level Plastic Bag Ban Into Law!

California Just Signed the Nation’s First State-Level Plastic Bag Ban Into Law!

California Governor Jerry Brown just signed the nation's first state-level ban on plastic bags into law! Several cities across the United States have already outlawed plastic grocery bags, but this is the

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Triangle Tree’s Edible Spoons Are a Tasty Alternative to Plastic Utensils

Triangle Tree’s Edible Spoons Are a Tasty Alternative to Plastic Utensils

In an effort to create an alternative to disposable plastic silverware, Triangle Tree has produced Edible Spoons, a spoon that you can eat after finishing your meal. Made of corn, the spoons are

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Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic

Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic

Photo via Shutterstock As fruit, bananas are perfectly packaged – all the protection they need is provided by their flexible, resilient peels. As then-sixteen-year-old Turkish student Elif Bilgin

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ABC’s Investigative Team Uncovers Plastic Microbeads in Toothpaste Getting Stuck in Patients’ Gums

ABC’s Investigative Team Uncovers Plastic Microbeads in Toothpaste Getting Stuck in Patients’ Gums

ABC7 Chicago reports that Dentists and dental hygienists have begun speaking out against plastic microbeads in toothpastes after many have noticed the tiny blue beads lodged in patients' gums or between

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Support Studio Swine’s Voyage to the North Atlantic Gyre and Help Them Turn Ocean Plastic into Bespoke Furniture

Support Studio Swine’s Voyage to the North Atlantic Gyre and Help Them Turn Ocean Plastic into Bespoke Furniture

While most have heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, few know about the smaller, but equally problematic North Atlantic Gyre. To help raise awareness about the issue and remove plastic from our

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Dirk Vander Kooij Unveils New Furniture Made from Recycled Plastic Toys and Videotapes

Dirk Vander Kooij Unveils New Furniture Made from Recycled Plastic Toys and Videotapes

Dirk Vander Kooij's furnishings are made from e-waste and 3D-printed recycled materials. His collection now includes a lens-like lamp made from recycled synthetics and polished metal, a table made from

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DIY: How to Make a Bird Feeder From a Plastic Bottle!

DIY: How to Make a Bird Feeder From a Plastic Bottle!

The cooler half of the year is right around the corner (though most of us don't want to admit it!), and all over the northern hemisphere, little feathered friends will be looking for food to help them

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Help the Ocean Cleanup Array Save the World’s Oceans From Plastic Pollution – Donate Now!

Help the Ocean Cleanup Array Save the World’s Oceans From Plastic Pollution – Donate Now!

Plastic pollution is a global problem - the world's oceans are filled with millions of tons of plastic particles that choke sea life and release hazardous toxins as they decompose. 19-year-old Boyan Slat

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California Lawmakers Pass Nation’s First Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

California Lawmakers Pass Nation’s First Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

California just scored a major potential win for the environment last Friday, when the State Senate approved the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic grocery bags. The Senate passed the ban

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Devastating Plastic Paradise Documentary Shows How Our Trash Lands up in the Pacific Ocean (VIDEO)

Devastating Plastic Paradise Documentary Shows How Our Trash Lands up in the Pacific Ocean (VIDEO)

http://vimeo.com/user2175840/httpwwwvimeocomplasticparadisemovie Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet its become ground zero for

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Trash-Made Sneakers Aim to Remind People About the “Plastic Legacy” of Consumerism

Trash-Made Sneakers Aim to Remind People About the “Plastic Legacy” of Consumerism

Too often the stuff we buy quickly ends up in the trash, where we forget about it. But our garbage doesn't just disappear once it leaves our homes, so what if we had a daily reminder of the impact of our

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