Infographic: Plastic Recycling Codes

June 6, 2018 by  
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Earthling Survey: Would You Pay More for Sustainable Products?

June 6, 2018 by  
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China’s Recycling Ban: What Do We Do with Our Plastics Now?

March 15, 2018 by  
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86% of teens in study have traces of BPA in their bodies

February 9, 2018 by  
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A vast majority of teenagers in a recent study had traces of Bisphenol A ( BPA ) inside of their bodies, according to the University of Exeter . They tested 94 17 to 19-year-olds and found BPA in 86 percent of them. The researchers are calling for better packaging labels to allow people to pick BPA-free products. The University of Exeter described BPA as an endocrine-disrupting industrial chemical , which has been in use since the 1960s to create some kinds of plastic . Prior research from the Exeter team discovered BPA can cause “changes to the expression of oestrogen-responsive genes, and the regulation of hormones.” And this recent study, published online earlier this month in BMJ Open , reveals a large number of the teens tested had measurable levels of BPA in their urine: an average of 1.9 nanograms per milliliter. Related: New study shows BPA-free plastics may not be safer The teens were tested before and after they took part in the trial – a week-long effort adhering to guidelines to try and cut BPA exposure in their diets. They worked to avoid BPA-containing plastic packaging, utilize glass or stainless steel containers for drinks and food, and microwave food in glass or ceramic containers. The study found overall, these efforts seemed to do little to help: most teens didn’t see a decrease in exposure. Only some of the teenagers with the highest BPA levels saw some reduction. The industrial chemical seems to be so ubiquitous even working to lower exposure doesn’t have a measurable impact overall, according to the university. University of Exeter associate professor of molecular genetics Lorna Harries said in a statement, “Our study shows that we currently do not have much of a choice about being exposed to BPA. We believe that much better labeling of products containing BPA is needed so people can make an informed choice.” + University of Exeter + BMJ Open Images via Depositphotos and Vinicius Amano on Unsplash

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How to Keep Plastics Out of the Ocean

October 12, 2017 by  
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3 Myths About Recycling Plastic Bottles

January 20, 2017 by  
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Every year, Americans dispose of billions of plastic bottles each year. On the surface, plastic bottle recycling in the United States looks like an excellent way to reduce waste and prevent the extraction of virgin materials. Curbside recycling…

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New plastic recycling process uses no water and cuts costs in half

January 8, 2015 by  
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A Mexico-based tech company says it can recycle more than 90 percent of any type of plastic without using water. The new method also reduces costs by half without suffering any loss in quality, representing what could be a revolutionary development for the recycling industry. This green technology can also be used to recycle materials that currently go into landfills, such as styrofoam and polystyrene—both of which take more than 500 years to biodegrade. Read the rest of New plastic recycling process uses no water and cuts costs in half Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cost reduction , energy conservation , mexico , plastic , plastics , polystyrene , recycling , recycling method , styrofoam , water conservation , water issues

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Rotterdam’s floating, plastic waste-trapping Recycled Park opens this week

December 15, 2014 by  
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This week marks a new beginning in Rotterdam: the Recycled Park will begin to retrieve litter from the New Meuse (Nieuwe Maas) river, preventing it from being washed out to the sea. An initiative of the  Recycled Island Foundation and created by WHIM Architecture , this park is a local response to the global issue of plastic pollution in bodies of water. Every single river and ocean is highly polluted with plastics, and the litter just keeps increasing. Rotterdam aims to limit outbound plastic waste by collecting it in these floating platforms and transforming it into a building material. This concept will be expanded to other rivers around the country, and will serve the additional purpose of creating a breeding ground for aquatic plants and native mussels, thus nurturing a new and healthy river ecosystem. + Recycled Island + Recycled Island Crowdfunding Campaign Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: floating park , floating plastic park , garbage , island park , Netherlands floating park , New Meuse , nieuwe maas , Ocean Plastic , plastic , plastic detritus , plastic garbage , plastic pollution , plastic waste , plastics , recycled ocean plastic , recycled park , Recycled Plastic , recycled plastic park , river garbage , Rotterdam park , Rotterdam plastic , Rotterdam plastic park , water plastic , water pollution , WHIM Architecture

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Only five Northern White Rhinos left in the world after aging male dies

December 15, 2014 by  
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A 44-year-old Northern White Rhino died on Sunday at the San Diego Zoo safari park. His death means there are only five of the species left in the world. Known as Angalifu, the rhino came to the park from Sudan in 1990. “Angalifu’s death is a tremendous loss to all of us,” safari park curator Randy Rieches said in a statement. “Not only because he was well beloved here at the park but also because his death brings this wonderful species one step closer to extinction .” Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Only five Northern White Rhinos left in the world after aging male dies Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Biodiversity , captive breeding program , extinction , hunting , illegal wildlife trade , Northern white rhino , poaching , rhinoceros , rhinos , San Diego Zoo

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Why Are Thousands of LEGO Pieces Washing Up on UK Beaches?

August 5, 2014 by  
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