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New Report On Plastics & Climate — The Hidden Costs Of A Plastic Planet

May 18th, 2019 | by Cynthia Shahan

Amanda Kistler, Director of Communications and Development at the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), has shared a new report with CleanTechnica. The full report, Plastic & Climate The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet, was released on May 15, 2019. Below is a summary of the report and several highlights from it


Should All Plastic Be Banned? Join The Discussion On Kialo!

November 7th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Engaging in an honest, factual and logical debate isn't always possible, but the folks over at Kialo are on a mission to maximize the likelihood of a positive outcome, whatever the topic may be. Their platform was built to allow just about anyone to have a structured online debate about just about anything


Ocean Plastic Cleanup Project Is Better News Than You Might Think

September 18th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard

Boyan's vision could have fallen apart at multiple points over the past five years. Reisser's study or someone else's could have shown a much more even distribution of plastics through dozens of meters of water column. Plastics could have degraded more quickly in ocean water and sunlight. He could have failed to capture many people's imaginations


Scientists Develop Recycling Process That Could Lead To “Zero Waste” Cell Phones

May 22nd, 2018 | by Nexus Media

Researchers have developed a process to separate fiberglass from resin. This was a task that had proved nearly impossible earlier — and the primary reason the two substances are nearly impossible to recycle. They must be separated to make them reusable. Scientists hope their research will be used to develop a “zero-waste” cell phone.


UK Shipped 2.7 Million Tonnes Of Plastic Scrap To China Since 2012: What Now? Crisis Due To Chinese Ban

January 30th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Everyone needs to more determinedly limit or do away with all plastic choices — especially those that go ridiculously far and cross an ocean to be recycled (polluting on the way). The UK is facing an immediate crisis of excess plastic waste. The Chinese said there is to be a halt in taking plastic trash from the UK, which has shipped 2.7 tonnes of plastic scrap for recycling in the past few years to China


Study: Corals Eat Plastic Debris Because It Tastes Good To Them

October 31st, 2017 | by James Ayre

Rather than it simply being the case that corals eat tiny plastic debris because they mistake it for prey, chemical additives in the plastic may be acting as a feeding stimulant — making the plastic "taste good" — according to a new study from Duke University. As a reminder here, corals have no eyes, and aren't thought to possess much of a visual system


Is Oil Industry Threatened By More Than Electric Vehicles?

September 14th, 2017 | by James Ayre

Execs at a number of the world's top fossil fuel companies have in recent years made comments inferring that even after demand for oil and natural gas peaks, demand for petrochemical feedstocks for plastics, fertilizers, and other chemicals will remain strong


Women In Green Forum 2013 | Ford’s Future Plastics

September 3rd, 2013 | by Susanna Schick

At the Women in Green Forum, we had the pleasure of not only watching Dr. Ellen Lee give a presentation on the work Ford is doing to end their dependency on petroleum-based materials, but also sat down with her to get to the tofu of the matter... Dr. Ellen Lee and her team spend their days devising new ways to make plastic more sustainable. She does this at Ford, so it’s not just about renewable resources, but also about reducing weight. She’s always on the lookout for the lightest materials with the lowest environmental impact at Ford prices



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