Tag: plastic

California Passes Sweeping Measure to Reduce Single-Use Plastics

California has passed a sweeping measure to significantly reduce single-use plastics and drastically boost plastic recycling rates, setting up the toughest plastics reduction requirements in the nation. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, signed the measure on Thursday afternoon. “Our kids deserve a future free of plastic waste and all its dangerous impacts, everything from clogging…


Only About 5 Percent of Plastic Waste Gets Recycled in US, New Report Says

By Frank Kummer From The Philadelphia Inquirer PHILADELPHIA—Only 5 percent to 6 percent of the 46 million tons of plastic waste generated annually in the U.S. gets recycled, a big dip from the last estimate of nearly 9 percent just a few years ago, according to a new study by two environmental groups focused on…


Texas Scientists Create Plastic-Eating Enzyme That Could Help Clean up Landfills

An enzyme that can chemically break down bottles and packaging that typically take centuries to degrade may be able to clean up billions of tons of plastic at landfills and other polluted sites, according to researchers at the University of Texas. Engineers and scientists at the university’s Cockrell School of Engineering and College of Natural Sciences created the…


Plastic Grocery Bag Bans Actually Boost Sale of Small Plastic Garbage Bags: Study

Researchers have discovered that bans and fees on plastic carryout grocery bags (CGB) could have serious unintended consequences. The investigators found that both bag fees and outright prohibitions boosted the sale of 4-gallon and 8-gallon plastic bags—in line with the view that many consumers reuse their supposedly single-use bags as garbage bags around the house….


10 American Inventions That Changed the World

Electricity Efforts to understand and harness electricity began in the 18th century. Scientists thought electricity could be used to create a cheap way for people to light their homes. One of the most notable pioneers in electricity was Thomas Edison, who developed the first practical electrical light bulb in the late 1870s. Edison launched a…


Sustainability Scale Needed for Plastic Products

Labelling of plastic products should include a “sustainability scale” to help consumers navigate the confusing world of plastics and plastic recycling, according to research from the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia and University of Exeter, England, With plastic pollution a growing global problem, Professor Kevin Thomas, Director of UQ’s Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences…


COVID-19 Has Caused a Plastic Pandemic Says Australian Environmental Body

Plastic pollution was already ubiquitous before the CCP virus pandemic arrived, but the past two years have seen a steep rise in the mountain of plastic waste, as the use of disposable masks, gloves, and food packaging soars. New research estimates that in every minute, three million face masks are put into the environment, or…


Australian Scientists Make Organisms That Gobble up Plastics Like ‘Pac-Man’

Researchers in Australia are developing a plastic-eating microorganism resembling the pellet-eating “Pac-man,” but the former may divert plastic from our oceans and landfills instead of merely winning you the satisfaction of a game. The microorganism is an enzyme that feasts on plastic. Enzymes are complex molecules that can speed up chemical reactions. For example, human…


Feds Moving to Ban Plastic Straws, Bags by End of 2022: Guilbeault

OTTAWA—It’s the end of days for plastic grocery bags and Styrofoam takeout containers in Canada. The federal government is publishing the draft regulations that will ban the manufacture, import and sale of six single-use plastic items that are difficult to recycle and have more environmentally friendly alternatives. Plastic stir sticks, cutlery, six-pack rings, bags and…


Nearly 26,000 Tons of Pandemic-Related Plastic Waste Pollutes the Ocean: Study

Some 25,900 tons of pandemic-related plastic now pollute the ocean, with the majority stemming from hospital and medical waste, a study has found. The study, published in the online journal PNAS on Monday, found that since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic until Aug. 23 this year, approximately 8.4 million tons of plastic waste had been…