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...

How does plastic affect marine life?

Our oceans are awash with plastic. In a recent study, it was estimated there are between fifteen and fifty-one trillion individual pieces of plastic in the world’s oceans. That’s more pieces of plastic than...

8 tips to reduce the amount of plastic you use at Christmas

Christmas is a time for family, friends, gifts and fun. But it is also a time when our use of plastic tends to get a bit out of control. Whether that’s through our choice...

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...

How does plastic end up in the ocean?

Here’s a scary statistic for you: if current trends continue, by 2050, plastic in the ocean will outweigh fish. In fact, there’s so much plastic in our oceans, there exists an area of the Pacific...

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...

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...

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...

What is ghost gear and why is it so harmful to marine life?

Ghost gear is the name given to lost or discarded fishing gear. It is responsible for killing thousands of marine animals every year. Due to most fishing fear being made from plastic, ghost gear can...

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'....

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