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Estimating the age of microplastics in the upper ocean
By estimating the age of microplastics in the ocean, researchers are finding a difference between the degradation of offshore and nearshore microplastics.
Innovative plastic-free packaging projects to receive £3.2 million
UKRI’s Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge (SSPP) is funding plastic-free packaging innovation projects for a range of food, personal and cleaning products.
Revolutionary underwater robot designed to remove waste from the ocean
Researchers pilot-test their jellyfish-inspired underwater robot to collect waste from the bottom of the ocean, which interacts gently with its environment without disturbing it.
Why we’re turning plastic waste into eco-conscious clothing
Upcycled Medical Ltd explores why they're turning plastic waste into eco-conscious clothing.
Detecting and catching microplastics in our tap water using light
Using surface-enhanced Raman scattering, researchers have revealed a new way of detecting and catching microplastics in our tap water, and the key is light.
Could plastic upcycling close the carbon cycle?
A newly developed plastic upcycling process works for low-density polyethylene and polypropylene products that are currently forgotten about in the recycling process in the U.S.
Bioplastics and back: Bacterial construction and degradation methods
Bioplastics are a subject of increasing interest due to demand for traditional petroleum alternatives. Several pathways to bioplastic generation are known today.
Liquid Crystal Elastomers: Exploring smart plastics, reversible adhesion and material automation
Eugene M. Terentjev, Professor of Polymer Physics from the University of Cambridge, enlightens us on Smart Plastics, specifically on how liquid crystalline elastomers bring automation into materials.
Plastic identification could put the burden of waste back on the polluters
Conducting a combination of DNA-like encoding of plastics, a research team discover plastic identification could be a strategy against the pollution crisis.
COP27 is an opportunity for Rishi Sunak to ban microplastics
COP27 could be a perfect opportunity for new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to ban microplastics in everyday products by changing manufacturing laws.
The UK to end plastic pollution by 2040
The UK has begun a legally-binding global treaty involving businesses, environmental groups, and more, aiming to end plastic pollution by 2040.
Climate change efforts in Denmark’s Ministry of Environment
Denmark’s Ministry of Environment is leading the nation’s efforts on climate change mitigation and developing a circular economy.
Plastic pollution and how COVID-19 contributed to the problem
Plastic pollution has been an issue since the 1960s, but when mask-wearing, single-use plastics and hand sanitiser bottles became the norm, things only got worse.
Could a littering heat map solve the waste problem?
Dyl Kurpil explains the value of a littering heat map in creating a proactive, intelligence-driven anti-litter strategy.
Time to stop passing the buck on plastic waste
Plastic waste and single-use plastic is a significant environmental, climate, and global health challenge – and it only seems to be getting worse.
Eco-friendly filter can remove microplastics in water
The world's first eco-friendly filter has been developed that can remove micro-to-nano-sized microplastics in water.
The light-activated fish robot designed to collect microplastics
Researchers have invented a light-activated fish robot that "swims" around quickly and removes microplastics from the water.
“Advanced recycling” not the answer to plastic pollution crisis
Advanced or chemical recycling, has been incentivised by State laws in the US - but environmental advocates suggest it will only further plastic pollution.
Scientists create hydrogen-based way to recycle plastic bottles
Plastic bottles take up to 450 years to biodegrade naturally, so recycling them quickly is crucial for the environment - Northwestern University chemists may have a new strategy.
Research finds microplastics carrying pathogens into sea
Microplastics carrying pathogens into the ocean via land based parasites are affecting wildlife and human health.