Is plastic harmful to humans?

Recent news reports have put the issue of microplastics and their effects on the human body squarely in the limelight. From seafood to bottled water and tap water, alarming new studies are showing that...

3 incredible scientific solutions to plastic pollution

In September 1987, countries from around the world came together to sign the Montreal Protocol. The goal of the protocol was to reduce the damage being done to the Earth's ozone layer, which at...

Hidden plastics: 10 common items that surprisingly contain plastic

In the modern world, plastic is everywhere. Durable, lightweight and cheap to manufacture, plastic has become the go-to material for single-use items. And while some products are unmistakably made of plastic, in others the...

What are the best alternatives to plastic straws?

A whopping 500,000,000 (500 million) straws are used each day in the United States. That’s enough to fill more than 46,000 school buses, every year. Many of these straws end up in our rivers and our...

What are the problems with biodegradable plastic?

The dictionary definition of 'biodegradable' is "capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms". Plastic, being a man-made material, is not biodegradable. Bacteria that will happily munch through food, paper or wood, will...

25 inspiring quotes about the ocean

"We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came." John F. Kennedy   "Why is...

10 interesting facts about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Plastic Island, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Trash Island: whatever you call it, this massive accumulation of plastic debris located between Hawaii and California is growing bigger day-by-day. But what is it made from? Where...

10 hard-to-swallow facts about plastic bag pollution

They are so ubiquitous in South Africa, people have joked they are the new national flower. In Ireland, when they flap in the wind, stuck on a tree, they are known as 'witches knickers'....

10 easy ways to reduce the amount of plastic in your life

Let’s face it: it’s almost impossible to avoid plastic completely. It’s literally everywhere. Looking around the room I’m currently in, I see that my mouse and keyboard are made of plastic, as are my...

How long do cigarettes take to decompose?

The short answer The truth is, nobody knows for sure how long cigarette butts will take to decompose. Because they contain plastic, they will not biodegrade in the same way as organic material. Instead, they...

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