BP’s chief economist predicts plastic bans will slash oil demand

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Oil giant BP has predicted that increased regulation on plastic pollution around the world will result in decreased demand for petroleum, the key ingredient in most plastic. “We think we’re going to see increasing regulation against some types of petrochemical products, particularly single-use plastics,” BP’s Chief Economist Spencer Dale told Bloomberg. “As a result of that, we have less growth in non-combusted oils than we otherwise would have done.” While petrochemicals is predicted… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Billions of pieces of plastic trash are sickening the world’s coral reefs

As if coral reefs didn’t have enough to contend with, a new study shows that 11 billion pieces of discarded plastic are spreading disease across the world’s reefs. Plastic tumbling along the coral causes small cuts in the corals, which exposes them to diseases, increasing the likelihood that they will get sick from 4% to an astonishing 90%. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

London store recycles 60,000 plastic bottles for 3D-printed interior

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Over 200 nations commit to ending ocean plastic waste

Over 200 countries signed a United Nations resolution in Nairobi, Kenya to eliminate plastic waste in the world’s oceans. The resolution is an important step forward to establishing a legally binding treaty that would deal with the global oceanic plastic pollution problem. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which organized the resolution, there will be more plastic by weight in the world’s oceans than fish by 2050 if current trends continue. The resolution offers hope for… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Shocking Caribbean photos reveal a “sea of plastic and Styrofoam”

We hear about the issue of ocean plastic a lot, but new photographs offer a visual image to demonstrate just how pervasive the pollution is. Roatán-based photographer Caroline Power shared pictures on Facebook taken near the Caribbean island belonging to Honduras, revealing plastic bgas, utensils, and bottles floating in the water. Power said, “This has to stop.”

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Kenya introduces world’s harshest law on plastic bags

Kenya has been a major plastic bag exporter to the nearby region. But now the country is cracking down on the polluting bags with the toughest law of its kind in the world. Kenyans selling, producing, or just using plastic bags could face a $40,000 fine or imprisonment for four years. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

We’ve made enough plastic trash to bury Manhattan under 2-miles of the stuff

 

Whether one is getting an iced latte to-go in the morning, received their restaurant leftovers in a plastic takeaway container, or forgot to take their reusable bags to the store, there are numerous ways one can obtain disposable plastic — and that is a problem. According to the first global analysis of the production of plastics, humans now produce more plastic than anything else and, as a result, have created 8.3 billion tonnes (9.bn tons) of the stuff since the 1950’s. If the trend… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Global population buys one million plastic bottles every single minute

We’re drowning in plastic bottles. You know use of plastic water bottles – and their disposal or lack thereof – is a worldwide dilemma, but new statistics released by The Guardian reveal just how staggering the issue is. Every minute humans purchase one million plastic water bottles, consuming nearly 500 billion of the bottles a year. And while it’s true many of these bottles can be recycled, it’s becoming hard for us to keep up with the sheer amount of bottles that need to be recycled – or could… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Plankton Pundit video shows exact moment plastic enters the food chain

It’s a well-known fact plastic threatens ocean life, and now one scientist has zoomed in on the exact moment plastic enters the marine food chain. Richard Kirby, who calls himself the Plankton Pundit, filmed plankton ingesting plastic to show the consequences of pollution even on a minuscule level. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Artists recycle hundreds of plastic bottles into a dynamic arch in Chiang Mai

Plastic trash is a major problem in Thailand’s beautiful Chiang Mai, but a team of designers has found a way to creatively rethink waste in a positive light. Design collectives VINN PATARARIN and FAHPAV combined handcrafted design with 3D modeling to create Self-Ornamentalize, a temporary installation made from 850 recycled plastic bottles. The experimental pavilion was installed a part of Compeung, an artist-in-residence program hosted at Chiang Mai’s suburban village of DoiSakt.

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