Plastic cutlery is a major contributor to the growing plastic waste crisis. An estimated 40 billion plastic utensils are used and thrown away each year in the United States alone. But an Indian cutlery company has a possible solution — spoons and forks you can eat.
Earlier this year, China stopped taking much of the world’s recyclable plastic waste. Now a new study suggests that by the year 2030, an estimated 111 million tonnes of plastic waste will be “displaced” as a result of the policy.
This site describes an impressive large scale attempt to clean up the plastics accumulating in the Pacific. The process is a passive ocean cleanup system, utilizing the ocean currents to their advantage. Read more about our drifting systems here. Continue reading
A new study suggests that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an area spanning 1.6 million square kilometres, contains more than 79,000 tonnes of floating plastic — 16 times more than previous estimates.
Our science guy Steve Spangler made a return appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show today. This was his 19th appearance on the show. Continue reading
The machine produced in various sizes, for both industrial and home uses, can easily transform a kilogram of plastic waste into a liter of oil, using about 1 kW·h of electricity but without emitting CO2 in the process. The machine uses a temperature controlling electric heater instead of flames, processing anything from polyethylene or polystyrene to polypropylene (numbers 2-4). Comment: 1 kg of plastic produces one liter of oil, which costs $1.50. This process uses only about 1 kW·h of electricity, which costs less than 20 cents!