TAG: Plastic

Marketing Strategies That May Leave You Thirsty

Marketing Strategies That May Leave You Thirsty

Remember when water was free? Before the plastic bottle surfaced, water was not typically thought of as a purchasable beverage. For example, restaurants normally served a glass for free before water in a bottle took over. Now it is a different story. Water is a profitable business. Many companies are on the water bandwagon, and making big gains on what some would say is at the expense of others. This issue is likely to be resurfacing in global conversation, as many revisit and study marketing techniques and human rights, and the connection between the two. One of the many issues… read more

A New, Plastic-Eating Bacteria

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Students (and friends) Jeanny Yao and Miranda Wang, have recently discovered a bacteria that can degrade phthalates, a common plasticizer. The discovery was made while conducting research as part of the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada, a national competition in science. All plastic, including the recycle-able varieties, are unable to biodegrade in a landfill. Plastic will break down, sure, but it never truly disperses once in the anaerobic environment of a landfill. Additionally, it will release large amounts of methane as it idly wastes away. Such is also the case with so-called “bio-degradable” plastic. This is a problem when you consider… read more

Tapped – A Look At Bottled Water

Tapped - A Look At Bottled Water

Tapped is an award winning documentary film by Stephanie Soechtig that explores the effects of bottled water on society. Most no longer believe marketing tactics that try to make us think bottled water comes from a bubbling natural, abundant spring. According to the documentary, almost 40% of bottled water is really just filtered tap water that is packaged and resold at premium prices. The majority of those in the U.S. are fortunate enough to have reliable access to safe drinking water simply by turning on a faucet or pushing a button to release a cold, filtered glass. Many are also… read more

These Diamonds are 100% Perfect

Recycled Plastic Diamond Seats From Chile

All over the world designers are coming up with new ways of dealing with the millions of tons of plastic thrown away each year. But only some plastic waste gets recycled back due to the complexity of separating the material’s different categories (e.g. PWaysET, HDPE, PS), leading to generate only few amounts of products, which sometimes, have really poor appearance. With this in mind and taking into account what he could source in his local area, Chilean designer Rodrigo Alonso creates beautiful diamond-shaped seats made entirely from recycled plastic coming from old electronics, toys, drink trays and even stadium seats…. read more

Surprise On Trash Day

Surprise On Trash Day

What if you awoke on trash collection day to find that the normally littered about garbage bags were gone and had been replaced with more colorful versions? This is what happened in New York one unsuspecting morning in 2008. It wasn’t a crazy mix up at the garbage bag production factory, but it was actually a living art installation to bring attention to waste. Called the TRASH Project, artist Adrian Kondratowicz thought of the interactive, functional art display that involved the help of the surrounding community. He had specialty TRASH Project bags made that were composed of biodegradable plastic and with the assistance… read more

Advanced Ocean Textiles

Advanced Ocean Textiles

The options for fabrics and textiles are increasing in range. There are more choices than ever before for purchasing sustainable cloth materials. When combined with research and technology, some interesting findings have made it possible to recycle items into versatile fashions, furnishings and other useful objects. One place many companies are turning to for their material sourcing are the oceans, which are increasingly polluted with a circle of never-ending garbage. Several organizations exist that work with manufacturers to collect ocean debris and reprocess it for retail merchandise. One such effort is the Healthy Seas Initiative which tries to rid the waters… read more

Death by Plastic

Death By Plastic

We are all being poisoned.  Poisoned in silence by our chronic exposure to plastic. Yet very little is being done to prohibit its invasive presence that permeates into every crevice of our lifestyles. While it is easy to assume one could simply eliminate exposure by not buying plastics, it isn’t always that simple. Certainly reducing purchases or use of disposable items is necessary in minimizing waste and health risks. However, where and how we encounter plastics is often out our immediate control. Take water for example. We can avoid drinking water from disposable plastic bottles – and we would be… read more

Teen Turns Banana Peels into Bioplastic

Teen Turns Banana Peels into Bioplastic

Taking an organic waste material and turning it into an alternative feedstock for a product usually made from petroleum could be a big step toward a more sustainable world. That’s the type of design thinking that can really bridge the gap between our ever-present needs and our growing waste stream, and if this teenager is an example of what the next generation of scientists are capable of, we’re in good hands. When I take a look at a pile of banana peels, I see something that might be useful in a compost pile, but when 16 year old Elif Bilgin… read more

Simple To Make Shoe Racks

Simple To Make Shoe Racks

Ever bought a plastic or cheaply made shoe rack, only to have it fall apart not long after? You don’t have to be an expert in construction to make your own design for holding shoes. Below are 4 easy and durable projects that will neatly contain shoes that are so super easy you’ll wonder why you didn’t already think of it. Got a wooden pallet? Then you have an instant shoe rack. Painted, decorated or left natural, pallets can hold tons of shoes. They can be mounted to a wall or stacked and used for nearly any kind of shoe holding… read more

Toys Made From Recycled Plastic Milk Jugs

Toys Made From Recycled Plastic Milk Jugs

Not a fan of plastic toys? If you have children around, you may find that plastic playthings are a little hard to completely steer clear of. However, there are plastic options for toys that don’t make as much of an environmental dent. Toys that are made from milk jugs are becoming a popular alternative to newly produced ones. Many companies are offering items that are constructed from 100% recycled plastic milk containers as a more eco friendly option to traditional substances used for toy making. The plastic used to produce milk containers is called high-density polyethylene (or HDPE) and is… read more