We are big fans of Grist, support their journalism efforts and often read their site. A recent post that is well worth sharing and we can recommend tackles the seemingly increased complexity of recycling at home. Happily it appears as if everyone is becoming more aware of exactly how bad our addiction to disposable, mostly single use items are, … [Read more...] about Grist Tackles The Seemingly Increased Complexity Of Recycling At Home
For the most part we generally think of recycling as a pretty straight forward enterprise, there's paper, plastic, glass and if you're really aggressive in your endeavors then perhaps throw in composting. However, if you've ever taken the time to look at all those plastic containers and glass bottles that you toss in the bin then you've almost … [Read more...] about Decoding The Library Of Recycling Symbols
A fungus discovered on a rubbish heap in Pakistan could break down plastics in a matter of weeks instead of years. Aspergillus tubingensis was found to break down a type of plastic known as polyester polyurethane (PU) in just eight weeks. Plastics normally take decades or even hundreds of years to biodegrade making them extremely harmful to … [Read more...] about Newly Discovered Fungus Could Eat Plastics In Weeks Rather Than Years
Right now your compost bin might be full of vegetable peelings and old teabags but in the future it could be full of plastic waste too. This is after researchers discovered a new type of compostable plastic. The teams at University College Dublin (UCD) and Trinity College Dublin (TCD) found that a new blend of biodegradable plastic can degrades … [Read more...] about Biodegradable Plastic Could Go Right In Compost Bin
Recent reports have underscored the enormity of the global plastic waste issue. There are 9.2 billion tons of plastic waste in the environment and an additional 500 tons of plastics are produced annually. Of this, 40 percent is considered single-use plastic, and only 9 percent of all plastics are recycled in the United States. A growing … [Read more...] about Can the Bioeconomy Help Combat Plastic Waste?