TAG: Plastic

Art And Resources From Project Vortex

Art And Resources From Project Vortex

Project Vortex is a unique resource offering a cooperative network of global artists, architects and creative types that use plastics as a medium for their work. Utilizing ocean plastic offers a way to reduce the amount of pollution in the gyres, where an incredible amount of it circles around the world’s waterways. They provide a list of collaborating artists, display gallery pieces and sponsor exhibits made mostly from plastic ocean debris. They also offer educational resources, like Project Vortex University, thier online library which provides a connection for individuals who are trying to find a way to work with plastic ocean… read more

DIY Terrariums

DIY Terrariums

Terrariums are a fun way to bring some of the green indoors all year round, especially appreciated when the weather is cold and drab. When purchased from a plant nursery or storefront, terrariums may lean on the pricey side. With a few materials to get started, one can be made DIY style for a budget friendly version. Though they require some know-how regarding supplies and growing conditions, they do not demand extensive upkeep. Ferns, miniature palms, succulents and moss work well in terrariums. Plants will need a lot of indirect sunlight and attention to the moisture level is important. Terrariums… read more

DIY Makes Spray Bottles Better

DIY Makes Spray Bottles Better

Spray bottle products are convenient, perfectly sized and their contents are what many deem as daily necessities. However, they can also often include questionable components and high price tags, all contained in plastic. Why buy when you can DIY better than the original? The following bottle mist recipes are all natural and inexpensive. Plus, bottles you already have on hand can be reused to try them out, or you can make your own with a glass container. For a skin safe fragrance, body spray can be made with only 3 ingredients: filtered water, vegetable glycerin and essential oils. Adding vegetable glycerin… read more

MotoArt: Hardcore And Stylish Recycling

MotoArt: Hardcore And Stylish Recycling

There are limitless concepts for turning the everyday item as well as the industrial into something new and still usable. With a unique niche in the recycling industry, MotoArt launched in 2001 and they now have showrooms around the world. Their team uses retired aircraft materials and parts, reconstructing them into edgy and functional designs. Taking old planes and salvaging the scraps, they are then rebuilt, reformed and revived. Most present day aircrafts are constructed of a high amount of aluminum, normally around 80% by weight for each commercially produced airframe, according to The Aluminum Association. With a high recyclability… read more

The Concerns With BPA

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Bisphenol A, or more commonly known as BPA, has been found to have extreme health consequences, and research has yet again caused loud alarms to ring which question the risks of the substance. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association conducted by New York University researchers suggested that exposure to increased BPA levels is a considerable factor in the progression of obesity in children and adolescents. Data which included measuring body mass and BPA levels concluded that American children with high exposure can have a 5 times greater chance of developing obesity, as compared to other children with lower… read more

The Hidden Cost of Packaging

Hidden Cost of Packaging

The cost of packaging goes beyond the environmental and economic waste it creates at the end of its useful life. All current packaging materials – whether virgin, recycled, degradable, or synthetic – will create a debt beyond current efforts of environmental management. Tracing back to the origins of materials we splinter off into several directions. Bio-plastics made from corn and other natural resources begin, to an extent, on a plot of industrial farmland, where maximized productivity is a key focus. Crops grown for use in plastics are treated with pesticides, which are harmful to humans and creatures alike. They also… read more

Shrimp Is The New Plastic

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A solution to the world’s plastic overload may have been found in a shrimp. Or actually, in the shrimp’s composition. A research team from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University are on to something huge. They have developed an interesting procedure for making bioplastic that is completely biodegradable and could someday replace commercial plastics that are not sustainable. The process uses a substance called chitin, which is an abundant natural source that can be collected from certain shelled organisms. Examples of the organic material can be seen in the protective coverings on shrimp and other crustaceous… read more

Pretentious Packaging

Pretentious Packaging

Food packaging is sometimes an evil necessity. It is certainly helpful in keeping food and beverage items safe while traveling and free from contaminants until purchased. However, cardboard and plastic packaging in particular are responsible for tons of waste each year. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported that in 2008 in the U.S. alone there were 1,170 thousand tons of bags and sacks generated, with only 440 thousand tons of this recovered in recycling efforts. Milk cartons accounted for 490 thousand tons of packaging waste, with none recaptured. The total production numbers from this year for paper and paperboard containers… read more

A Water Bottle You Can Eat

A Water Bottle You Can Eat

Move over plastic water bottles – there’s a new blob in town. Ooho! is an innovative concept design for holding liquids from Rodrigo García González, Pierre Paslier and Guillaume Couche that surfaced last year and has been getting a lot of attention at design competitions. It is a completely edible, biodegradable container capable of holding water without leaking. This award winning idea yields an all-natural, fully consumable product that is not only inexpensive to produce, but could possibly eliminate the whole concept formed around plastic packaging. Intended as an alternative to the plastic water bottle, it is a membrane-like object that… read more

Bottling It Up

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Currently, Finland generates the lowest packaged waste of all European countries. This could in part be due to the nation’s bottle law, which requires the use and return of refillable bottles. Beginning implementation in the mid 1970s, the law requires that all take-out drink and alcoholic beverages produced in Finland be packaged in returnable bottles. Consumers of these beverages pay a small deposit fee upon purchase, which is refunded once the bottles are returned. The packaging ordinance has resulted in Finland’s soft drink and beer manufacturers conforming to design parameters to ensure all bottles can be reused, and refillable plastic… read more