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Mealworms can effectively degrade toxic additives in plastics

One solution to the toxins produced from some forms of plastic could be found with the humble mealworm, according to new research. Mealworms are capable of eating plastic and its toxic by-products.

Slovakia bans single-use plastics from 2021

Bratislava - Slovakia banned single-use plastics as of 2021 on Wednesday, joining the European Union fight to reduce marine pollution.

Bay of Fundy bottom littered with 1.8 million pieces of garbage

A survey estimates more than 1.8 million pieces of garbage are strewn over the bottom of the Bay of Fundy, prompting concerns about potential harm to marine life.

Ocean Cleanup unveils 'Interceptor' — Cleans up plastic in rivers

Rotterdam - A young Dutch inventor is widening his effort to clean up floating plastic from the Pacific Ocean by moving into rivers, too, using a new floating device to catch garbage before it reaches the seas.

Big firm products top worst plastic litter list: report

Manila - Tens of thousands of pieces of plastic littering the planet come from just a handful of multinational corporations, an environmental pressure group said Wednesday.

Machine learning helps with the discovery of new polymers

Japanese researchers have utilized artificial intelligence to propel the discovery of new materials. This new research includes identifying polymers with high thermal conductivity, which will aid developing new electronic devices.

Exxon and Saudi company betting heavy on plastics with Texas deal

Exxon Mobil Corp. and Saudi Arabia’s state-controlled petrochemicals company formally approved construction of a new $10 billion petrochemical complex in Texas that will process production from the Permian Basin’s booming oil and natural gas wells.

Do you consume a credit card's worth of plastic every week?

Paris - People worldwide could be ingesting five grammes of microscopic plastic particles every week, equivalent in weight to a credit card, researchers said Wednesday.

Canada to ban single-use plastics from 2021

Montr - Canada will ban single-use plastics from 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday, declaring it a "global challenge" to phase out the plastic bags, straws and cutlery clogging the world's oceans.

Canada to ban single-use plastics in 2021: Trudeau

Montr - Canada will ban single-use plastics from 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday, declaring it a "global challenge" to phase out the bottles, straws and plastic bags clogging the world's oceans.

180 nations agree UN deal to regulate export of plastic waste

Geneva - Around 180 governments on Friday agreed on a new UN accord to regulate the export of plastic waste, some eight million tonnes of which ends up in the oceans each year, organisers said.

Maine has become first state to ban the use of polystyrene

Bangor - Food containers made of polystyrene - incorrectly called styrofoam - will be officially banned from businesses in Maine after Governor Janet Mills signed a bill into law Tuesday.

Evian and Volkswagen — Two sustainability success stories

Across the globe, corporations, businesses, and city leaders are working to create a sustainable and circular economy in light of climate change. This week, we will focus on Evian and Volkswagen.

Plastics are on their way out — There are alternatives

While the world is focused on our dependence on plastics, looking at the bigger picture and creating a sustainable and greener environment is more important. Thankfully, there are alternatives that create circular, low-waste ecosystems.

EU countries back single-use plastics ban

Apo - EU countries on Wednesday backed the outlawing of certain single-use plastics, bringing the bloc a step closer to an outright ban on the products which account for huge quantities of waste in the world's oceans.

Q&A: The ever-growing rise of waste in developed economies Special

Many countries have problems with waste and a considerable proportion of this waste is not recycled. More needs to be done to transition from focusing on waste management to focusing on sustainable materials management, according to a leading expert.

90 percent of plastics polluting our oceans come from 10 rivers

Our seas are choking on plastic. A staggering eight million metric tons wind up in oceans every year — and if we continue to pollute at this rate, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. Where does all this plastic waste come from?

Canadian plastic makers set target for plastic-free landfills

Canada's plastics makers have set their own targets for keeping all plastic out of Canadian landfills by 2030. The announcement comes just days before the federal government asks other G7 member states to push for international zero-plastics-waste.

Renewable industrial chemicals from bioengineered bacteria

Escherichia coli bacteria have been manipulated into converting plants into renewable chemicals. The process of bioengineering can create materials suitable as jet fuel, pantyhose and plastic soda bottles.

Creating carbon nanotubes with everyday solvent

Carbon nanotubes can be usable as common plastics, according to new research. The study indicates that cresols - simple solvents – can disperse carbon nanotubes at very high concentrations.

Breakthrough polymer could lead to infinitely recyclable plastic

Our need for plastics has grown into a love affair that is now threatening to bury us. But scientists at a U.S. university have discovered a polymer that can be recycled over-and-over, making plastics eco-friendly.

Over 40 companies pledge to cut UK plastic pollution

More than 40 companies, including Britain’s biggest supermarkets, Coca-Cola, Nestle and Procter & Gamble, have bowed to growing pressure to tackle pollution by committing to cut plastic use over the next seven years.

Unilever unwraps plan for closed-loop food-grade plastic supply

London - Unilever announced on Wednesday it is partnering with start-up company Ioniqa and Indorama Ventures to develop technology capable of converting PET plastic waste into virgin-grade materials available for use in food packaging.

North Pacific garbage patch is 16 times bigger than we thought

Seventy-nine thousand tons of plastic debris, in the form of 1.8 trillion pieces, now occupies an area three times the size of France in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii, a scientific team reported on Thursday.

Krill could prove secret weapon in ocean plastics battle

Sydney - They might be at the bottom of the food chain, but krill could prove to be a secret weapon in the fight against the growing threat of plastic pollution in the world's oceans.

Then and now: Plastics remain important for smart homes

Disneyland’s Monsanto House of the Future was built almost fifty years ago. When it was demolished, with the wrecking ball bouncing off its plastic structure, plastics were key to the future state of homes. The materials remain so half a decade on.

Polymerization pilot to begin in The Netherlands

Amsterdam - A pilot project has begun in The Netherlands to accelerate polymerization. The idea is to develop pilot facilities to accelerate the development of biobased materials, designed to compete with fossil fuels.

Predatory bacteria used to release bioplastics

Researchers have come up with a novel method of extracting bioplastics from bacteria. This involves the use of another, predatory bacterium to extract the biologically created plastics from the producing bacteria.

Investigation launched on the impact of microplastics

London - Microplastic particles are consumed by marine life as a result of human pollution. In turn, the particles may pose a health risk to humans. This concern is sufficient to trigger a research study.

Are biodegradable plastics becoming nearer to reality?

Plastics are a major pollutant, primarily because the constituent particles do not break down. One of the areas heaviest hit are the oceans where plastic particles damage sea life. To avoid such hazards, researchers are developing biodegradable plastics.
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A bowl of mealworms.
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Objects produced by additive manufacturing on show at the Design Museum, London.
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