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Sunlight degrades polystyrene much faster than expected


Polystyrene persists in the environment for millennia, according to some international governmental agencies. This estimate is based on…
Researchers Invent a New Plastic which could be Recycled Endlessly without any Loss in Quality

July 8, 2019

As most environmentally conscious people know, due to various additives present in most plastics only a fraction (about…
Bio-renewable process could help ‘green’ plastic

January 22, 2018

When John Wesley Hyatt patented the first industrial plastic in 1869, his intention was to create an alternative…
Scientists make biodegradable microbeads from cellulose

June 9, 2017

Scientists and engineers from the University of Bath have developed biodegradable cellulose microbeads from a sustainable source that…
Right Size + Right Chemistry = Right Stuff for Plastics Manufacturing

May 21, 2016

Plastic manufacturing is an energy-intensive process. Now, research performed in part at the National Institute of Standards and…
Idea for plastic needles came from porcupines

December 19, 2015

Two BSc students on the Design and Innovation study programme were looking for an alternative to steel insulin needles,…
Sea turtles face plastic pollution peril

October 13, 2015

A new global review led by the University of Exeter that set out to investigate the hazards of…
Seabird SOS

September 1, 2015

Plastic debris in the ocean has been an environmental issue for almost half a century. Now, for the…
Leading scientists express rising concern about ‘microplastics’ in the ocean

July 11, 2014

Microplastics – microscopic particles of plastic debris – are of increasing concern because of their widespread presence in…
All the world’s oceans have plastic debris on their surface

July 1, 2014

This is small plastic debris collected on the circumnavigation cruise Malaspina 2010 expedition. Credit: ©CSIC The Malaspina Expedition,…
Research needed to resolve fate of missing plastic debris

July 1, 2014

Plastic pollution in the open ocean is widespread but less than predicted, according to a study published today…
Tiny plastic dwellers have big impact on our oceans

June 19, 2014

Microscopic creatures that live on tiny ocean plastics greatly affect the fate and ecological impacts of marine plastic…
Uncovering the secret world of the Plastisphere

February 25, 2014

SEA Education Association scientist Greg Boyd holds recovered foam floats containing invertebrates and microbial biofilm. New research being…
Plastic shopping bags make a fine diesel fuel, researchers report

February 13, 2014

Plastic shopping bags, an abundant source of litter on land and at sea, can be converted into diesel,…
Scientists uncover hidden river of rubbish threatening to devastate wildlife

January 3, 2014

This image shows plastic in the Thames. Credit: Royal Holloway, University of London Thousands of pieces of plastic…
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