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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.

Squeezing the most out of soaps and shower gels

An innovative new coating has transformed the use of soaps and shower gels. One of the frustrations faced by consumers is getting the remaining product out from the bottle. The new coating solves this problem.

Boyan Slat's dream of cleaning up the oceans becomes reality

The world's first prototype ocean barrier that could catch almost 80 percent of plastics floating on the Ocean's surface is set to be deployed this week, the marine litter initiative, Ocean Cleanup announced on Wednesday.

Ocean plastic cleanup device to launch as pilot project in 2016

Two years ago, Boyan Slat, a then 19-year-old Aerospace Engineering student at TU Delft in Holland, made the claim he could cleanup the oceans vast accumulation of plastics and other marine garbage in about five years.

Polymer pioneer scoops £1 million prize

London - Robert Langer, an engineer at MIT who significantly changed the way medicines get into the body, has been awarded £1 million for the Queen Elizabeth Prize.

Blocked EU paper could have banned pesticides worth billions

If a research paper done by the European Union that highlighted the risks of hormone-mimicking chemicals hadn't been blocked, as many as 31 pesticides worth billions of pounds may have been banned.

Plastics are advancing medical technology Special

Plastics help advance the safety and effectiveness of modern medicine. Moreover, plastics enable new advances that deliver more benefits to patients than ever before. To find out more, Digital Journal spoke with Canada's leading medical association.

Pig infertility in Spain could mean problems for humans too

Zaragoza - In 2010, there was a mysterious drop in pig fertility in various farms, located all over Spain. Since then, a Spanish scientist has investigated the situation and it seems her findings could have serious implications for us humans, too.

Op-Ed: Makati CBD enforces city-wide plastic ban

Makati - Makati Central Business District (CBD) is home to thousands of organizations and establishments. As the local government implements a city-wide plastic ban, how will this affect the countless workers and organizations in the area?

Is the plastic BPA a risk during pregnancy?

Pregnant mice that were exposed to the chemical used in many plastics - BPA - have offspring with behavioral abnormalities. This finding has re-opened the debate about the effect of this chemical on human health.

Project underway to create plastics from algae

A new type of bioplastic could be produced from algae. Technologists are considering whether such a plastic can be manufactured on an industrial scale.
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An ESA Basic Activities project is investigating the feasibility of measuring plastic litter found in the ocean from orbit.
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The E6PR ™ (Eco Six Pack Ring) is the first ecofriendly six pack ring made from by-product waste and other compostable materials, designed to replace the plastic rings, which are truly damaging to our environment.
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How safe are your food storage containers?
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Plastic Waste at Coco Beach, outfall of Mandovi river into Indian ocean. (India, Goa)
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Pyrowave modules in demonstration plant in Montreal. The left module contains the microwave reactor, and the right module contains the power and cooling systems.
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Eugene Chen, professor of chemistry
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System 001 located. Passed Alcatraz. Tow going smoothly, at 4:30 EDT on Saturday.
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Eugene Chen’s lab at Colorado State University has developed a completely recyclable polymer.
Eugene Chen’s lab at Colorado State University has developed a completely recyclable polymer.
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Here you can see the platform, conveyor belt and containment apparatus on the array.
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Bank of river full of plastic garbage
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A bowl of mealworms.
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CC License: Attrition  No derivative work.
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One small part of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- an endless floating waste of plastic trash.
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Almost 90 percent of seabirds have plastics in their intestines.
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