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Carbios's Plastic-Eating Enzyme May Help Alleviate The World's Pollution Problem

Carbios's Plastic-Eating Enzyme May Help Alleviate The World's Pollution Problem

The negative health impacts of plastic on both wildlife and humans have been well-documented. However, the versatile material, which is used for everything from grocery bags to drink bottles to food packaging, is hard to avoid. Experts estimate that of the 359 million tons of plastics produced annually worldwide, about 150–200 million tons end up in landfills or the environment. To make matters worse, the material derived from the small percentage of plastic that is recycled is of lower quality and can only be used a few times for items like clothing or carpets before it has to be discarded.

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Rotterdam's Picturesque Floating Park Is Built Entirely From Recycled Plastic Waste

Rotterdam's Picturesque Floating Park Is Built Entirely From Recycled Plastic Waste

With an estimated 100,000 marine animals being choked, suffocated, or injured by plastic every year, the danger posed by the trillions of pieces of polymer floating in our oceans is well-known. However, given that most of the microplastics measure less than 0.5mm in diameter, collecting them is a challenging task. Now, some Dutch environmentalists have devised a way to not only capture plastic waste before it reaches the open seas and disintegrates, but to also use it to create a public park and wildlife sanctuary.

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Corporations With Green Initiatives That Go Beyond Earth Day

Corporations With Green Initiatives That Go Beyond Earth Day

On Monday, April 22, 2019, corporations worldwide will encourage employees to celebrate Earth Day by participating in activities like neighborhood or beach clean-ups, planting trees, or biking/walking to work. While the one-day enthusiasm to care for our planet certainly helps, to make a real difference, companies have to incorporate sustainability into their everyday operations. Here are a few businesses that are making an impact beyond Earth Day.

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Peru Teenager's Innovative Eco-Bank Teaches Kids About Finance And Recycling

Peru Teenager's Innovative Eco-Bank Teaches Kids About Finance And Recycling

At the tender age of seven, while his friends were spending their allowances on “frivolous” things like candy and toys, Jose Adolfo Quisocola was busy saving money for more essential purchases. To try to get his peers to do the same, the youngster from Arequipa, Peru came up with the innovative idea of an eco-bank, which allows kids of all ages to become economically independent and financially savvy – while also helping the environment.

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SpaceX Makes History With Successful Launch And Landing Of Recycled Rocket

SpaceX Makes History With Successful Launch And Landing Of Recycled Rocket

Space travel is expensive, especially since every launch requires a new rocket. The biggest and most costly part is the booster that powers the spacecraft beyond the Earth’s orbit. Once the job, which takes a few minutes, is completed, it separates from the rest of the rocket and drops back into the ocean while the second stage engine takes over and delivers the payload to its destination.

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Playful Gumdrop Bins Help Reduce Sticky Gum Litter And Give It A Second Life

Playful Gumdrop Bins Help Reduce Sticky Gum Litter And Give It A Second Life

Most people have a love-hate relationship with gum. For delicious as it is, the sticky, tasteless waste that remains is not just annoying, especially when inadvertently stepped upon, but also, harmful to the environment. That's because the primary ingredient in most modern chewing gums is synthetic rubber which is not biodegradable. With an estimated 560,000 tons of gum being chewed each year, this adds a lot of unwanted polymer to our already overwhelmed landfills. Now thanks to Gumdrop Ltd., there may be a solution to this sticky problem.

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Panama's Plastic Bottle Village Will Be Constructed From Recycled PET Bottles

Panama's Plastic Bottle Village Will Be Constructed From Recycled PET Bottles

Though the detrimental impact of plastic waste on the environment is well-known, consumption of drinks bottled in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) —the most commonly used polymer — continues to rise at alarming levels. According to experts, over 22,000 plastic bottles are discarded every second, and the numbers are only growing. While a fraction of them do get recycled, most end up in the ocean, where they disintegrate into smaller pieces and are often mistaken for food by innocent fish and birds.

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