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Boyan Slat’s Great Pacific Garbage Patch expedition shows the plastic problem is “even bigger than we thought”

Boyan Slat’s Great Pacific Garbage Patch expedition shows the plastic problem is “even bigger than we thought”

Plastic trash in the ocean is a huge problem - a ‘millions of tons’ type problem. New evidence suggests that in the San Francisco Bay area alone, there will soon be a lot more plastic floating in the

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Los Angeles unleashes millions of plastic balls into reservoirs to fight drought

Los Angeles unleashes millions of plastic balls into reservoirs to fight drought

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqhF2JpZBVs While Los Angeles may appear to be turning its reservoirs into giant versions of childhood ball pits with the addition of 80-90 million plastic balls, they

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Undulae lamps are made out of cornstarch-based bioplastic

Undulae lamps are made out of cornstarch-based bioplastic

Undulae is a series of table and pendant lamps made of cornstarch-based bioplastic tubes. Bioplastic is made from the mixture of cornstarch, water, vinegar and glycerin with particular proportion and

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Watch this amazing machine transform plastic bags into fuel

Watch this amazing machine transform plastic bags into fuel

But Japanese inventor Akinori Ito created a machine that converts ubiquitous plastic bags into fuel. The carbon negative system is now being sold by Ito's Blest Corporation.

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This home in rural Ghana was built from rammed earth and recycled plastic

This home in rural Ghana was built from rammed earth and recycled plastic

Anna Webster, fourth-year student at the Cass, London Metropolitan University’s School of Architecture, has designed a simple but sturdy house that fits right into the Ghanaian countryside where it has

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Clover Stornetta recalls milk products that may contain plastic

Clover Stornetta recalls milk products that may contain plastic

Clover Stornetta Farms in Petaluma, Calif., has announced a voluntary recall of some of their milk products due to possible contamination. The milk products may contain small pieces of food grade plastic.

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These life-sized willow whales swim through a sea of plastic bottles to raise pollution awareness

These life-sized willow whales swim through a sea of plastic bottles to raise pollution awareness

A sculpture of two life size whales, made from Somerset willow and 70,000 upcycled plastic bottles, has been unveiled in Bristol to mark the city’s status as the UK’s first European Green

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Future Dutch roadways made of recycled plastic will snap together like LEGO

Future Dutch roadways made of recycled plastic will snap together like LEGO

The Dutch city of Rotterdam may soon be the first city to have roads made of recycled plastic waste, fished out of the oceans. The city is collaborating with VolkerWessels, a construction firm with some

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Bottled water companies fight plans to reduce plastic pollution in National Parks

Bottled water companies fight plans to reduce plastic pollution in National Parks

We’re already pretty mad at some bottled water companies for sucking the water out of California and other drought-threatened areas, but this latest news is really one for the history books. In a last

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Hungarian artist creates a living, breathing wall of plastic bags to connect people with nature

Hungarian artist creates a living, breathing wall of plastic bags to connect people with nature

Using over 250 plastic shopping bags in blue, white, and yellow, Koronczi built a “living” wall along the riverfront in Budapest. The installation was erected in early May and was on display for most

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Solar-Powered Green Revolution Pavilion Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles Unveiled in the Philippines

Solar-Powered Green Revolution Pavilion Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles Unveiled in the Philippines

Stephen Lamb from Touching the Earth Lightly and Ilac Diaz from My Shelter Foundation teamed up for the first time at last year's Shanghai Biennale. They share a vision to provide environmentally-friendly

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World’s first Ocean Cleanup Array will start removing plastic from the seas in 2016

World’s first Ocean Cleanup Array will start removing plastic from the seas in 2016

While still in his teens, Dutch inventor Boyan Slat conceived of an Ocean Cleanup Array that he believed could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste currently polluting waters around the globe. Now just

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INFOGRAPHIC: Our ocean plastic problem is quickly spiraling out of control

INFOGRAPHIC: Our ocean plastic problem is quickly spiraling out of control

Try to imagine your life without plastic: it's in your smartphone, your car, your clothing, your toiletries. All that plastic ends up somewhere, and more and more, that place is the ocean. In fact, every

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California Assembly votes to ban all products with toxic plastic microbeads

California Assembly votes to ban all products with toxic plastic microbeads

California has just voted in favor of what could become the strictest ban in the U.S. on all products that contain plastic microbeads—the tiny gritty flecks found in a wide array of toothpastes and

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Bacteria “mini-factories” could someday replace consumer plastics

Bacteria “mini-factories” could someday replace consumer plastics

The developers envision their machines as, one day, being part of “mini-factories” which can mass produce needed products for today’s consumers. The Growduce machine holds a SCOBY which feeds on

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BottleCloths are modern, stylish table cloths made out of recycled plastic bottles

BottleCloths are modern, stylish table cloths made out of recycled plastic bottles

Designed by Southern California based Brenda Sacks, this eco-chic line of contemporary table coverings is made from 100% woven fiber sources entirely from recycled plastic bottles.  A consummate

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Repreve transforms millions of plastic bottles into graduation gowns and caps

Repreve transforms millions of plastic bottles into graduation gowns and caps

"During the spring 2015 graduation season alone, more than 300,000 students around the nation will graduate wearing Oak Hall Repreve-based gowns, using more than 8 million recycled plastic bottles, and

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HOW TO: Make a hanging planter with a recycled plastic soda bottle

HOW TO: Make a hanging planter with a recycled plastic soda bottle

STEP 1: Prep your bottle Use a sharp utility knife to cut off the base of the bottle about 1 inch above the bottom, and then wash and try the bottle thoroughly. STEP 2: Tape edges and

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“YES IN MY BACK YARD!” garden made from reused plastic bottles challenges throw-away culture

“YES IN MY BACK YARD!” garden made from reused plastic bottles challenges throw-away culture

You wouldn’t think it, but these beautiful colorful flowers of the Scartell flowerbed are made from plastic waste. Italian artist and sustainability enthusiast Francesca De Marinis created this

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PET Lamp’s Abyssinia pendants are made by Ethiopian crafters out of discarded plastic bottles

PET Lamp’s Abyssinia pendants are made by Ethiopian crafters out of discarded plastic bottles

Spanish manufacturer of hand-made lamps, PET Lamp, creates colorful collections of pendant lamps using indigenous craft techniques from all over the world. Their latest collection, Abyssinia, was

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This powerful video sheds light on 5 things about plastic you might not know

This powerful video sheds light on 5 things about plastic you might not know

This powerful video, titled "5 Things You Didn’t Know About Plastic", uses a Rube Goldberg machine to follow the journey a plastic bottle takes from “factory to home” to shed light on the

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Learn what really happens to the plastic you throw away

Learn what really happens to the plastic you throw away

Recycled and upcycled plastic bottle designs are among Inhabitat’s favorite featured topics, but have you ever wondered what happens to the billions of plastic bottles that don’t make it to the

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Artist Veronika Richterová turns plastic bottles into beautiful plant and animal sculptures

Artist Veronika Richterová turns plastic bottles into beautiful plant and animal sculptures

Artist Richterová didn’t have an environmental agenda when she first started making sculpture from plastic bottles. She started experimenting with the bottles in 2004 after she discovered they could be

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This energy-harvesting plastic could have revolutionary green energy and medical applications

This energy-harvesting plastic could have revolutionary green energy and medical applications

We’re learning a lot about new green energy technology these days, from wireless solar power to smog-eating concrete. And now this: a plastic used in tubing can actually produce electricity when

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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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Enormous Temple of Trash Made from 100 Tons of Recycled Plastic Bottles

Enormous Temple of Trash Made from 100 Tons of Recycled Plastic Bottles

While the temple is no longer standing, the trend of upcycling plastic bottles that inspired the construction shows no signs of slowing down. Other recent examples of PET bottle creativity include the

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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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