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These Three Plastic Recycling Myths Will Blow Your Mind

The fantasy that the plastic we trustingly put in the recycle bin actually gets recycled and re-used again is just that, a fantasy. Discarded plastic containers that won’t be[+]CREDIT: LAURA FAYE TENENBAUM Most likely, when you toss your plastic trash into a recycle bin you believe you’re doing the right thing. You think your plastic […]

Here are the companies that are the world’s top plastic polluters

“Real solutions must change systems and power structures.” Welcome To The Resistance… You will start receiving NationofChange to your inbox shortly. Coca-Cola, Nestlé, and PepsiCo are the world’s top polluters, says a new report from environmental coalition Break Free From Plastic. Thousands of volunteers from all over the world took part in a massive global […]

Is a substitute for plastic coming anytime soon?

For most of us, hearing the world plastic makes us think of single-use plastics like plastic bags or disposable plastic water bottles, but plastic covers a much wider variety of materials than that. Key points Plastics are versatile, flexible, durable and cheap These benefits become problems when we are trying to dispose of them Dealing […]

The rise of robots in waste management and recycling

The rise of robots in waste management and recycling

The rise of robots will disrupt the waste management and recycling industry in unimaginable ways. Waste collection, recycling, sorting and treatment facilities as well as traditional sanitary landfill operations will be transformed. However, the risk for a jobless future in waste management and recycling is more than serious. Is there a way to utilise the […]

WHEN THE MERMAIDS CRY – THE PATH TO SUCCESSFUL RESOLUTION

WHEN THE MERMAIDS CRY – THE PATH TO SUCCESSFUL RESOLUTION

I: THE PATH TO SUCCESSFUL RESOLUTION This unprecedented plastic waste tide appears as vast as the ocean, as ungraspable as the unfathomable mass of microscopic plastic fragments present at sea, transported by winds and currents, yet, ultimately, the plastic tide can become as limited as our chosen relationship with plastics, which involves a dramatic behavioral […]

WHEN THE MERMAIDS CRY – MAGNITUDE SCOPE EXTENT

WHEN THE MERMAIDS CRY – MAGNITUDE SCOPE EXTENT

I: THE GREAT PLASTIC TIDE: MAGNITUDE, SCOPE, EXTENT A full understanding of the magnitude and scope of this plastic pollution starts with clear definitions as to what and why it is happening. Thus, we will define the notions of marine debris, gyres, and oceanic garbage patches, or giant floating marine debris field, as first discovered […]

WHEN THE MERMAIDS CRY: THE GREAT PLASTIC TIDE – INTRODUCTION

WHEN THE MERMAIDS CRY: THE GREAT PLASTIC TIDE – INTRODUCTION

By Claire Le Guern Last updated in March 2018. INTRODUCTION The world population is living, working, vacationing, increasingly conglomerating along the coasts, and standing on the front row of the greatest, most unprecedented, plastic waste tide ever faced. Washed out on our coasts in obvious and clearly visible form, the plastic pollution spectacle blatantly unveiling […]

Foreign Trash ‘Like Treasure’ in Indonesia’s Plastics Village

Foreign Trash ‘Like Treasure’ in Indonesia’s Plastics Village

BANGUN, Indonesia (AFP) — His weathered face breaks out in a big grin as Keman explains how sifting through rubbish paid for his children’s education, one of many in his Indonesian hometown basking in a waste-picking boom. Governments around the world are grappling with how to tackle the scourge of single-use plastic, but for the […]

 
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