TAG: Plastics

Plastic, Plastic Everywhere!

Are We Getting Better?

100’s of years ago, there were no plastic bottles to recycle, no campaigns to tell us to recycle them and common sense reusing was often out of necessity. Now we think we are doing the environment a favor if we make an effort to recycle our paper and aluminum cans. While recycling is of course a modern day must, we have to ask if we truly need to have so much stuff that needs to be recycled in the first place. According to a survey on PowerSourceOnline, among the technological gadgets that are not used but piled up in our homes anyway… read more

Art For Ransom In The Oceans

Art For Ransom In The Oceans

Recycled art from marine litter is an in your face reminder of manmade effluence. Ocean debris and water pollution are unacceptable proceedings of an unnaturally occupied culture. Artists who use the oceans’ trash as their bittersweet mediums help to spread the message of how large the consequences of careless disposal are. The nonprofit Washed Ashore Project is a conceptualization of the Artula Institute for Arts and Environmental Education. The project takes the issue into the forefront of the community through outreaches and volunteers. By utilizing the arts to communicate and educate the public about the devastating effects of plastics and… read more

Stone Paper: Good Alternative or Eco Exaggeration?

Stone Paper: Good Alternative or Eco Exaggeration?

Paper made from recycled content is obviously a better option than papers made from new resources. Paper makes up over one half of all recycled substances by weight that is gathered in the U.S. New merchandise is always popping up in the eco friendly market, and the paper industry is full of them. Stone paper is one spin on paper products that has surfaced in recent years. Marketed as environmentally friendly and a better choice than paper made wood pulp, stone paper is made mostly with calcium carbonite which is a natural mineral. For durability, a high density polyethylene is… read more

Mitten Crabs May Soon Be Containing Your Electronics

Mitten Crabs May Soon Be Containing Your Electronics

It sounds more like something you may come across on an outdoor trek than on a countertop. However, in the everlasting search for a better way to make smart plastics another interesting discovery has been found. The Chinese mitten crab is viewed as a tasty delight for some, a menace to many others and an unusual form of material inspiration for designer Jeongwon Ji. When mitten crabs overpopulate they can upset land and water areas, and their excessive burrowing habits can actually cause instability problems for structures. Looking at available sources for manufacturing bioplastics geared toward a slow production process,… read more

New Green Packaging is 100% Recyclable and Carbon-Positive

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If we’re going to get a handle on dealing with the huge amounts of plastics and other materials that make up product and materials packaging, we need some greener alternatives, and one UK company believes they have one of the solutions. The company, Polythene UK, is offering a bio-based product called Polyair, which they say is not only 100% recyclable, but is also “carbon positive”, and when included in films at just 60%, is capable of offsetting the CO2 emissions of the product, even after accounting for the energy consumed in shipping and manufacturing. In fact, the company’s managing director,… read more

Grocery Store Packaging

Grocery Store Packaging

A trip to the grocery store can put a dent in the wallet, but it can also pile up the amount of packaging used for a variety of goods. Since food packaging is used nearly everywhere in a conventional supermarket, it may be hard to decode what can actually be recycled. Plastics are sorted and recycled by their assigned numbers. Recycling centers will accept a lot of plastics, but some like number 5 and number 7 plastics are more complicated to recycle and some facilities may refuse them. Programs like Gimme5 take certain number 5 plastics by offering drop offs at… read more