Dominica makes historic pledge to combat plastic pollution

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Many countries enforcing harsher regulations on plastic production on use from special labeling to consumer taxation, but the island nation of Dominica is pulling ahead in the pack-ing race by announcing that it will ban styrofoam and common plastics by 2019. With less than five months left to go the heroic stand plans to eliminate the use of single-use items such as plastic straws, plates, forks and knives as well as styrofoam cups and containers effective this January.

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This floating park in Rotterdam is made from recycled plastic waste

Over 1,000 square feet of plastic ultimately destined for the ocean is getting a second lease on life in Rotterdam. On July 4, 2018, Recycled Park opened their first phase to the public: a floating park made entirely of recycled waste.

According to a report commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, over 1,000 cubic meters of plastic is transported every year down the Meuse River and into the North Sea. The plastics come from landfills, agriculture, sewage and… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Australia takes stand on single-use plastic bags

Single-use plastic bags are going out of style in Australia, but shoppers aren’t thrilled by the reduction. Two major retailers, Big W and Coles, ended the use of plastic shopping bags from their stores. The move effectively outlaws their use in nearly every Australian state.

After Tasmania and South Australia started by installing a plastic bag ban, national retailers voluntarily began relying on them in stores. On June 20, 2018, Woolworths stopped offering single-use bags, instead charging… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

A massive five-ton plastic waste whale breaches in a Bruges canal

Five tons of plastic waste has been pulled from the oceans and transformed into Bruges Whale, a gigantic sculpture that highlights the staggering amount of trash floating in our oceans. Designed by Jason Klimoski and Lesley Chang of the Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary practice Studio KCA, this massive environmental artwork was created for the Bruges Triennial 2018 with the theme of “Liquid City.” The Bruges Whale, also called the Skyscraper, was positioned to appear in mid-breach in a canal… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Glowing labyrinth made from plastic waste pops up in Buenos Aires

Over 15,000 plastic bottles were temporarily given a new lease on life as a glowing labyrinth in Vatican Square, one of Buenos Aires’ most celebrated public spaces. Designed by environmental art collective Luzinterruptus, the Plastic Waste Labyrinth calls attention to staggering amount of waste generated everyday in a thought-provoking installation. Commissioned by the Department of Environmental and Public Areas of Buenos Aires City Government, Ciudad Verde, the immersive artwork was installed… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

First paper straw factory in decades to open as UK bans plastic

As the United Kingdom moves forward with its planned ban on single-use plastic products, the first paper straw factory to open in decades is rising in Wales to meet the consumer need. Transcend Packaging, the owner and operator of the new plant, has already reached out to 1,361 McDonald’s restaurants throughout the United Kingdom, as well as other restaurants, to provide them with more environmentally friendly straws. “We spotted a huge opportunity, and we went for it,” Transcend sales and marketing… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Flawed recycling results in dangerous chemicals in black plastic

Unsafe recycling of electronic waste has resulted in the distribution of dangerous chemicals into new products made out of black plastic. Published in Environment International, a new study documents the presence of bromide and lead found in 600 consumer products made out of black plastic and clarifies its potential negative impact on human and ecological health. “There are environmental and health impacts arising from the production and use of plastics in general, but black plastics pose greater… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Man plans to swim the Pacific Ocean to raise awareness for plastic pollution

You’ve heard a lot about the ocean plastic crisis, and may even know a fair amount about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But for many us, the issue can still seem far away when we drink out of a plastic bottle or carry groceries home in a plastic bag. Swimmer Ben Lecomte plans to offer a new, up-close perspective on ocean health as he swims 5,500 miles across the Pacific Ocean. During his potentially record-setting trek, he’ll collaborate with 27 science institutions and gather over 1,000 samples… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The Ocean Cleanup is about to send a giant plastic collector to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Ocean Cleanup is making progress on their first Great Pacific Garbage Patch cleanup system, and shared images of the assembly at their Alameda Yard headquarters, the site of a former naval station near San Francisco. The plastic-scooping system could launch this summer.

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Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that chomps plastic for lunch

At a trash dump in 2016, Japanese researchers discovered the first known bacterium that had evolved to consume plastic. An international team of researchers, building on that finding, revealed the structure of the enzyme the microorganism produces — and then engineered it to be even better.

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