Biodegradable, Carbon-Negative Straws and Cutlery Could Help Stop Plastic Pollution

Newlight Technologies, a California biotech company, has set its sights on curbing greenhouse gas emissions and marine plastic pollution simultaneously. The startup uses ocean bacteria to create a new material that is made of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and that can replace many single-use plastics and leathers. Newlight has been exploring ways to make use of greenhouse […]

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Fishermen want to address the problem of marine litter — and should be involved in cleaning programs

A new study analyzed the attitudes of fishermen towards marine litter (and plastic pollution in particular), finding that they are acutely aware that this issue is affecting them, their catch, and the general population. They also want to be a part of the solution, the study suggests. Marine plastic pollution has grown to a gargantuan […]

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Australia Cuts 80% of Plastic Bag Use in 3 Short Months

Despite a few hiccups along the way, Australia’s plastic bag consumption has dropped drastically. Three months after two of the largest supermarket chains banned plastic grocery bags, an estimated 1.5 billion bags have been prevented from use, the Australian Associated Press reported, citing the National Retail Association. Overall, the bans introduced by Coles and Woolworths […]

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