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Sunlight degrades polystyrene much faster than expected

October 17, 2019

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…
Renewable plastic precursor could grow cellulosic biofuel industry

April 7, 2017

A team of chemical and biological engineers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison has found a way to produce…
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…
New Science paper calculates magnitude of plastic waste going into the ocean

February 16, 2015

A plastic grocery bag cartwheels down the beach until a gust of wind spins it into the ocean.…
Scientists estimate the total weight of plastic floating in the world’s oceans

December 11, 2014

Nearly 269,000 tons of plastic pollution may be floating in the world’s oceans, according to a study published…
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…
Information storage for the next generation of plastic computers

April 17, 2014

Inexpensive computers, cell phones and other systems that substitute flexible plastic for silicon chips may be one step…
Study finds 2 biodegradable mulches to be suitable polyethylene alternatives

February 26, 2014

Polyethylene plastic mulch offers a range of benefits and has become standard for growers of a variety of…
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,…
Microbeads a major problem in L.A. River

January 29, 2014

Scientist Marcus Eriksen stood ankle deep in the murky Los Angeles River on Friday and dipped a net…
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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