Tag: plastic

Bees In Argentina Are Building Nests Using Plastic Waste

This is the first time researchers found a bee nest made entirely of plastic materials. The wild bees usually build their nest using leaves, mud, tree resin, stones, and petals.

Earth/Environment May 31, 2019

Trash Found In Remote Islands Suggests That World's Plastic Problem Might Be Bigger Than Initially Thought

Researchers who surveyed Cocos Islands, Australia's last unspoiled paradise, found tons of plastic debris washed up on the beach. They estimated that there are 414 million pieces of plastic debris in the uninhabited islands.

Earth/Environment May 21, 2019

Scientists Develop 100 Percent Recyclable Plastics That May Reduce Pollution In The Ocean

Unlike other plastics, PDK is fully recyclable. Researchers said that it can be repeatedly reassembled into another material with different color and texture sans losing its quality and performance.

Material Science May 8, 2019

Baby Dolphin Found Dead On Florida Beach Has Plastic Bags, Balloon In Stomach

Biologists conducted a necropsy of the rough-toothed dolphin that washed up on Fort Myers Beach. They found two plastic bags and a piece of balloon in its stomach.

Animals April 29, 2019

Microplastics Contaminate Remote Mountains Because Winds Are Blowing Them Everywhere

Winds can carry tiny plastic particles to seemingly remote and pristine regions such as the Pyrenees mountains in southern France. Microplastic particles floating on the wind in the Pyrenees came from plastic bags, plastic films, and packaging materials.

Earth/Environment April 15, 2019

Meijer Recalls 43,000 Pounds Of Ground Beef For Possible Contamination With Hard Plastic

The Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that Meijer recalled more than 43,000 pounds of ground beef. Some customers complained finding hard plastic in the products.

Public Health April 11, 2019

Up To 97 Percent Of Norway's Plastic Bottles Are Now Recycled

Norway announced an environmental feat in the recycling game. The country said that 97 percent of its plastic bottles are now recycled, inspiring other nations to follow suit.

Earth/Environment March 12, 2019

Samsung To Replace Plastic Packaging With Sustainable Materials

Samsung announced that it will be starting to ditch plastic packaging for its products starting the first half of this year. Chargers of smartphones will have a matte finish instead of the glossy aesthetic.

Gadgets January 28, 2019

Dutch Inventor Boyan Slat's Ocean Cleanup Device Designed To Capture Floating Plastic Breaks Down

The Ocean Cleanup project, which aims to address water pollution by collecting floating plastic debris, met a major setback. Boyan Slat, the young Dutch inventor behind the project, is undeterred by the incident.

Earth/Environment January 7, 2019

BPA-Free Plastic May Not Be Safer After All

BPA-free plastic products were supposed to be safer compared to those that contained the infamous ingredient. However, researchers accidentally discovered that BPA alternatives are still as dangerous, resulting to chromosomal abnormalities in exposed mice.

Public Health September 15, 2018

Young Turtles More Prone To Death For Eating Plastic In Ocean

A new study revealed that young turtles have a higher risk of dying from eating the plastic polluting the oceans. This is because young turtles swim nearer the surface, where the plastic pollution floats.

Animals September 14, 2018

Seattle Says Buh-Bye To Plastic Straws And Utensils: Ban Starts July 1

Seattle introduced a new law that bans restaurants from using plastics straws and eating utensils, becoming the first major U.S. city to do so. The ban comes into effect on July 1.

Earth/Environment June 21, 2018

Scientists Just Created An Enzyme That Eats Plastic, And It Was By Accident

By applying tweaks to a bacteria that can eat plastic, researchers accidentally produced an enzyme that can break down plastic in a much faster rate. The groundbreaking study could pave the way for more effective ways to fight plastic pollution.

Earth/Environment April 18, 2018

More Than 90 Percent Of Bottled Water Are Contaminated With Microplastic Particles

Analysis of more than 250 water bottles revealed that 93 percent of the samples are contaminated with tiny pieces of plastic particles. It is not yet clear how ingestion of microplastic can impact human health.

Public Health March 15, 2018

Second-Hand Plastic Toys Contain Toxic Elements That May Harm Your Child

Toxic elements that can harm children's brain and overall health were found in second-hand plastic toys. Bricks produced by a popular toy maker in the '70s and '80s were among the worst offenders.

Public Health January 27, 2018

Plastic Pollution Reaches Remote Areas Of Arctic Ocean Because Of Melting Sea Ice

The melting sea ice likely brought about by climate change now allows plastic pollution to reach remote areas of the Arctic Ocean. Here's what could possibly happen as a result.

Earth/Environment September 27, 2017

Stanford Researchers Debut Vine-Inspired Soft Robots That Can Grow On Command

Researchers develop a flexible robot that can grow to 1,000 times its size, move fast, inflate or deflate, and manage complicated obstacles. Meet the Vinebot.

Robotics July 22, 2017

How Much Plastic Has Humanity Produced? More Than 8.3 Billion Metric Tons

Humanity has literally produced more than a ton of plastic for every person alive today. On top of that, the majority of those end up in landfills or polluting the environment.

Earth/Environment July 20, 2017

Caterpillar Bred For Fishing Bait Can Eat And Breakdown Plastic Bags: Here Are Other Organisms That Can Biodegrade Plastic

The wax worm has the special ability to eat polyethylene offering a potential solution for plastic pollution. Here are other organisms with the odd ability to break down plastic.

Animals April 26, 2017

Arctic Ocean Is A Dead End For Floating Plastics: How It Happened

Plastic pollution carried by a major ocean current has found its way into the Arctic ocean, threatening the region’s pristine ecosystem, a new study revealed. Researchers say the consequences can be “disastrous.”

Earth/Environment April 19, 2017

Frozen Taquitos Recalled Because Of Potential Plastic And Rubber Contamination

Ajinomoto Windsor recalled more than 35,000 pounds of frozen and ready-to-eat beef taquitos that have been shipped to several states in the United States. What are the products affected by this food recall?

Public Health March 27, 2017

Beware: Microfibers Found In Fleece Jackets Are Now In Your Food

Every time you wash synthetic fleece jackets, vests or pullovers it introduces plastic microfibers into the environment—and into our food. It remains largely unclear how this form of plastic pollution is harming our health and wildlife.

Earth/Environment February 8, 2017

Seabirds Eat Plastic Because Of Its 'Attractive' Smell

If it smells like food, it must be delicious, right? Not always, as a new study in California proved where researchers found that seabirds often mistake plastic for the typical meals they feast upon, and so they fill their bellies with plastic trash.

Animals November 10, 2016

Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals In Plastic, Everyday Objects Make Americans Sick And Cost US $340 Billion Per Year

Chemicals present in plastic bottles, metal food cans and cosmetics make Americans sick and cost billions in treatment and lost earnings per year. Exposure to these chemicals, however, can be avoided.

Public Health October 18, 2016

France Bans Plastic Dishes, Cups And Utensils

A law that will be fully implemented in 2020 makes France the first country in the world to ban the use of plastic dishware. Disposable dishes, cups and utensils can still be used as long as they are made from biologically sourced materials and are compostable.

Public Health September 18, 2016

Plastic Clothing Inspired By Kitchen Wrap Releases Body's Infrared Radiation To Cool The Skin

Researchers modified polyethylene used in plastic wrap to develop textile that can make the skin surface cooler by 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit. What makes this new fabric different from cotton and other materials used in the clothing industry today?

Material Science September 2, 2016

Chemists Find Way To Tackle Plastic Pollution: Turn Plastic Waste Into Liquid Fuel

Using an organometallic catalyst, scientists sped up the breakdown of polyethylene into liquid product that can be used as fuel. Once the process is scaled up, it can potentially make a dent in global plastic pollution.

Earth/Environment June 20, 2016

Goodbye, Bubble Wrap? Packages May Soon Arrive Bundled In Marine Algae

An alternative to toxic bubble wrap seems to have been innovatively created from agar, a substance which is derived from seaweeds. This award-winning innovation is making waves for its environmental-friendly quotient.

April 15, 2016

Fast Food Eaters Have Higher Levels Of Hormone-Disrupting Phthalates

Many people rely on eating fast food since it's convenient and practical, but its packaging may cause health problems. Researchers found that those who eat more fast food may be exposed to plastic chemicals that may disrupt hormones and cause cancer.

Life April 14, 2016

Researchers Discover Plastic, Man-Made Items Inside Stomach Of Dead Sperm Whales

Thirteen dead sperm whales were found in a coast of Germany earlier this year. A necropsy found a plastic bucket, parts of a car engine cover and fishing net inside the marine animals' stomach.

Animals March 30, 2016

Plastic Chemical BPA Used In Food Containers Linked To Premature Births

BPA was linked to increased risk for premature birth. Pregnant women with high concentration of the plastic chemical in their blood are at increased risk of giving birth before their baby is due.

Life March 27, 2016

Reusable Water Bottles May Hoard Bacteria, Make Children Sick

A father posted photos online of his sick daughter's reusable water bottle that has been 'hoarding bacteria.' When he opened the inner part of the bottle's cap, he found it to be too dirty, prompting him to raise awareness by sharing his experience on Facebook.

Life February 22, 2016

New Shape-Shifting Polymer Holds 1,000 Times Its Own Mass - Watch Out Plastic Man!

A new polymer has been developed that can cause devices to bend at body temperatures. More remarkably, the material can also lift 1,000 times its own weight.

February 11, 2016

Plastic Has Become Part Of Earth’s Geology

The 'wonder material' of the early 20th century is incredibly slow to decay, giving it the staying power previously accorded to rocks and fossils.

Earth/Environment January 28, 2016

Chemists Develop Biodegradable And Completely Recyclable Plastic

American researchers developed a type of polymer that can be transformed to its initial molecular state when heated for an hour. The new plastic is reusable, fully recyclable, biodegradable and petroleum-free.

Earth/Environment December 13, 2015

OB-GYN Group Warns Toxic Chemicals Harm Human Reproduction and Health

FIGO urged reproductive health professionals to help in reducing exposure to toxic chemicals. Pesticides, solvents and similar substances are associated with stillbirths, miscarriages and congenital malformation.

Life October 1, 2015

Overwhelming Majority Of Seabirds Will Have Plastic In Their Guts By 2050

Researchers found that almost all population of seabirds will have plastic debris in their gut by 2050. If current trends continue and effective waste management measures will not take place, this prediction is more likely to happen.

Earth/Environment September 1, 2015

These Knitted Shoes Are Made From One Plastic And Highly Recyclable

Ammo Liao has created a concept for a shoe that is built using one single kind of plastic that can be hardened in specific areas of the shoe and left alone in others for comfort. Not only that, but since they are built from one plastic, they are recycled as easily as a water bottle.

Gadgets August 11, 2015

'Safe' Plastic Just As Bad As Older Consumer Plastics Says Study

Plastic is everywhere and it’s making people sick. Unfortunately, alternative chemicals used to replace offending compounds have been found by researchers to be just as bad for the health.

Earth/Environment July 9, 2015

Here's Why California Wants To Ban Microbeads In Cosmetics

If Assembly bill 888 makes its way through the California State Senate without trouble, it will bring a ban on microbeads. This means retailers in the state cannot sell consumer products containing the ingredient.

Life May 23, 2015

New Study Shows Impact Of Plastic Litter On Ocean Life

A new study shows that debris, particularly that made of plastic, has created a great, and detrimental, impact on the world's marine life, and could lead to the extinction of species.

Earth/Environment February 20, 2015

8 Million Tons Of Plastic Trash Pollute Oceans Every Year: The Worst Polluter Is...

Some 8 million tons of plastic are being thrown into the ocean per year. Despite its highly developed garbage collection system, the U.S. remains one of the top plastic polluters of the ocean.

Earth/Environment February 13, 2015

Floating Marine Debris Can Be Deadly for Cetaceans

Plastic debris is deadly to cetaceans, new research shows. Up to 22 percent of whales, dolphins and porpoises who swallow plastic face increased risk of death.

Earth/Environment January 13, 2015

5 Trillion Pieces of Plastic Floating in World's Oceans. How Does the Problem Affect Marine Life?

Fish, birds and reptiles can’t easily tell the difference between a small fish and a floating piece of plastic, ingesting said plastic along with the pollutants it absorbed on its journey across the world’s oceans.

December 11, 2014

Plastic microbeads in Crest toothpaste are dangerous, warns dentist

The blue microbeads found in Crest toothpaste are made of a common plastic known as polyethylene, a non-biodegradable material that won't dissolve in the mouth. When stuck in the gum line, dentists said these attract bacteria leading to more serious dental problems such as gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Life September 18, 2014

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