Tag: plastic

Edible 6-pack Rings, an Alternative to Plastic

A Florida brewery has developed an edible six-pack ring, comprised of barley and wheat leftover from the brewing process.  100% biodegradable, compostable, and edible, the rings are proving as sturdy and efficient as the plastic rings they replace. Every year, as many as 1 million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles become …

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Plastic pollution solution for the world’s oceans

An organization called “The Ocean Cleanup” has developed a feasible method to clean up the world’s 5 gyres, or garbage patches.  The Ocean Cleanup Array is an estimated 7900 times faster, and 33 times cheaper than conventional methods. These garbage patches will not disappear by themselves; once the plastic trash has traveled away from a …

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Worms open the door to plastic recycling

Stanford University scientists have discovered that the lowly mealworm may be the key to solving the world’s plastic waste problem.  The mealworm can thrive on a diet consisting solely of styrofoam.  The bacteria in the worm’s gut enables the plastic to be converted to 50% carbon dioxide and 50% non-toxic waste.  The implications for this …

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