TAG: Plastic

Plastic Toy Clutter Beware

Plastic Toy Clutter Beware

Those with young children around, in particular, can have a tendency to hate plastic toy clutter. Poor quality plastic toys and trinkets can invade a space, quickly taking up room, and it can also be a reminder of wasteful consumerism. As someone who has loathed my share of I will break in an hour or less plastic toys, the following artists with a strange approach to recycling them is sort of captivating to me. Oh Barbie. She has taken an abstract turn with these jewelry designs from Margaux Lange. An early love of the Barbie doll and all her infinite and imaginative adventures… read more

The Plastic Peril Island

The Plastic Peril Island

Imagine an island, floating in the aqua blue waters of the North Pacific Ocean. And when you conjure up the image of that island, it probably isn’t a mobile one constructed of plastic and debris. Yes, this floating plastic island is called The Trash Vortex and it is a reality. Explored by Greenpeace, you may have heard that it is swirling around in the North Pacific gyre right now, which is only one of 5 chief gyres or pools of ocean currents. And the trash problem undoubtedly has crept into the other circulating areas as well. This one receives so… read more

Hotel Chain Switching To Smartphone Locks

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Starwood, a hotel chain with over 1,000 worldwide locations, has begun switching to a new keyless system of room locks — your smartphone. The chain offers customers a free downloadable app with which they can check into their room wirelessly, and lock/unlock the room using their phones. Check it out: As one of the commenters on Youtube stated, this idea is very hackable at the moment. The chain will need to introduce some serious security measures before this idea can have any sort of mainstream success. For now, we can appreciate that somebody is working on getting rid of those… read more

Neat Projects Inspired By Ocean Plastic

Neat Projects Inspired By Ocean Plastics

The issue of plastic pollution in the oceans is a growing concern. Understanding the need for awareness, some have initiated interesting projects that turn litter into new objects and ideas. A few years back, the vacuum company Electrolux came up with a line of vacuum cleaners that were made from recovered ocean plastics. They were not for sale due to the high cost of producing them, but were created to initiate a Vac from the Sea project that would bring attention to the vast amount of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. Plastics were collected globally for the campaign and assembled… read more

Ocean Plastic Creates Its Own Plastisphere

Ocean Plastic Creates Its Own Plastisphere

Plastic debris floating around the ocean has been studied for years as its massive man made islands increase. The effects to ocean life, waterways and the seafood industry are all on the research radar. One recent study published in Environmental Science & Technology has provided an interesting look into the oceans’ plastic pollution. The research team, reminding that plastic is the most plentiful form of marine debris, were interested in looking at the impact of plastics on the oceans’ ecosystems. Specifically wanting to understand microbial communities, they examined several locations in the North Atlantic. To investigate what effects plastics have had on… read more

Water Gets Some Attention With These 2 Products

Water Gets Some Attention With These 2 Products

Drinking water is essential, and sometimes extra steps are needed to get enough of it to meet the requirements. Whether filtering for added safety or enhancing it to make it more flavorful, the products available in the water market are wide ranging. The Soma water filtration system contains a unique biodegradable filter that is made from Malaysian coconut shell carbon and silk layers. Its casing is plant based and the combination of materials creates a natural filtering mechanism. It is supposed to make water safer as well as taste fresher and crisper. The filter system comes with a glass carafe that… read more

Recycling Lessons At Home

Recycling Lessons At Home

Fun family recycling projects can be done with many household items. While being creative you can also incorporate a lesson about the importance of reusing. Empty containers can be turned into a great array of objects. Kids can save milk jugs and plastic bottles of different shapes and sizes and turn them into birdfeeders. Adults can assist in cutting out an entryway with no sharp edges for feathery friends to enter. Kids can help insert or glue on a perch and decorate the bird home. Secure it to a favorite tree or post, fill with seed suited for native birds and… read more

Product Replaces Disposable Plastic Straw

Product Replaces Disposable Plastic Straw

Disposable dishes, like paper plates and plastic cups, are big money for their manufacturers, but they are also big on waste. One toss away product that may often be overlooked is drinking straws. Drinking straws became more popular with the onset of the industrial revolution in the 1800’s, and their designs have subsequently become more readily available for home use. Some of the earliest known indications that people from other eras used drinking straws were found when an artifact from a Sumerian tomb was uncovered that was dated from around 3,000 B.C. According to family based business Simply Straws, 500 million plastic straws are thrown… read more

Liven Up Ice Cubes

Liven Up Ice Cubes

Ice cubes can keep drinks and foods cold, but they can also be used to add a decorative touch. Easy to do, the following are suggestions to dress up plain ice cubes and recipes to take advantage of the perfectly portioned, storable and freezable ice cube trays. Garden Therapy has recipes for making floral, fruit and herb ice cubes that deliver on the presentation. Using natural items like edible flowers and citrus zests cut in shapes, this ice will instantly add a visual element to beverages. Start by filling up the trays only halfway full with water or flavorings and… read more

Marine Litter Extractor Could Clean Ocean in 5 Year’s Time

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Lead by 19-year-old Boyan Slat, the Ocean Cleanup Array is a project designed to tackle oceanic waste by capturing plastic from marine garbage patches, known as gyres. About 1/3 of all ocean surface is covered in plastic waste. Boyan Slat, a student, photographer, and diver, proposed the Ocean Cleanup Array as a means in which this pollution could be extracted, with the possibility of recycling the collected materials for future use in the creation of high-quality items. This could potentially cover the costs of the array’s implementation. A proper cleansing of the ocean in its entirety is currently unattainable, however,… read more