3 Little-Known Reasons Why Plastic Recycling Could Actually Make Things Worse

Compacted plastic bottles.

Of the staggering 460 million tons of plastic used globally in 2019 alone, much is used only once and thrown away. (Image: Hans via Pixabay)

60 Percent of Home-Compostable Plastics Don’t Fully Break Down, Ending Up in Our Soil

Home-compostable plastics don't necessarily break down completely.

In a UK-wide study, researchers found that 60 percent of home-compostable plastics do not fully disintegrate in home compost bins, and inevitably end up in our soil. (Image: bigcompostexperiment.org.uk)

Scientists Call for Cap on Production to End Plastic Pollution

Plastic cups that will eventually end up polluting the environment.

An international group of scientists and experts now argue for tackling the issue of plastic pollution right at the source by regulating, capping, and in the long term phasing out the production of new plastics. (Image: via Pixabay)

Do We Need to Change the Way We Deal With Our Plastic Waste?

Plastic waste in the oceans and around the globe.

According to researchers, more than 4.8 million metric tons of plastic waste ends up in the oceans each year. (Image: Romolo Tavani via Dreamstime)

New Technology Converts Waste Plastics Into Jet Fuel in an Hour

Jet engines.

The researchers were able to convert 90 percent of waste plastic s to jet fuel and other valuable hydrocarbon products within an hour at moderate temperatures and to easily fine-tune the process to create the products that they wanted. (Image: blickpixel via Pixabay)

Slovak Designer Wins Top Prize for Innovative Ocean Cleaning Prototype

The 8th Continent.

A prototype ocean cleaning facility by Slovak designer Lenka Petráková has scooped the highest award in an architectural competition for projects posing creative solutions to environmental challenges. (Image: via Lenka Petráková)

Waste Fishing Gear Threatens Ganges Wildlife

The Plastic Myth and the Misunderstood Triangle

Triangle arrows on packaging.

Of all the plastic we've ever produced, only 9 percent has been recycled. (Image: Screenshot via YouTube)

China’s Waste Ban Affecting the Entire World

Plastic bottles.

In a breakthrough, Australian scientists found two fungi that can break down plastics in 140 days. (Image: Jonathan Chng via Unsplash)

Sustainable Structural Material for Plastic Substitute

Plastic bottles in a net.

Broken by waves, sunlight, and marine animals, a single plastic bag can be broken down into 1.75 million microscopic fragments, which are called microplastics. (Image: MatthewGollop via Pixabay)