This Norwegian start-up wants to build houses out of 100% recycled plastic

This Norwegian start-up wants to build houses out of 100% recycled plastic
One billion homes could be created from the world's plastic waste.The Othalo project will create demonstrator homes for Kenya, Cameroon and Senegal.160 million affordable homes are needed in sub-Saharan Africa alone. Using one of the world's problems to solve another is the philosophy behind a Norwegian start-up's mission to develop affordable housing from 100% recycled plastic. Since 1950, more than nine billion tonnes of plastic have been produ...
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These researchers have found a way to turn a common plastic into high-value molecules

These researchers have found a way to turn a common plastic into high-value molecules
More than 8.3 billion metric tonnes of plastic has been produced in the last six decades.However, recycling plastic can be difficult as the most common process involves melting and reworking the material.A new process developed by the University of California can turn polyethylene into useful smaller molecules. If you thought those flimsy disposable plastic grocery bags represented most of our plastic waste problem, think again. The volume of pla...
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Here's how we can eradicate plastic pollution by 2040

Here's how we can eradicate plastic pollution by 2040
We can reduce the amount of plastic pollution entering our oceans by 80% using existing technology.Indonesia has published a new roadmap that aims to end plastic pollution completely by 2040.The lessons learned here will be applicable to other countries around the world. A new analysis published in the journal Science shows that the business-as-usual approach to tackling ocean plastic pollution isn't working. Even worse, should we continue down t...
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Which countries produce the most waste?

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Denmark tops the list of countries with the highest waste generation per person per day - but there's plenty governments can do to kerb our habits.South Korea, for example, pioneered waste tax by charging people for the waste they produced, with a significant reduction. Have you thought about how much garbage you generate every day? Economists have looked at the data and it turns out that higher-income countries like the United States, Denmark, a...
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We can stop plastic pollution at the design stage - here's how

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Marine plastic pollution, commonly referred to as marine plastic litter, is a major global environmental problem. It harms marine species through ingestion and entanglement, violates the integrity of ecosystems, inhibits growth of marine plants, accumulates and transports pathogens that may cause disease and injuries to marine animals, plants and humans, and partly ends up in the food chain. Moreover, it causes economic losses due to reduced fish...
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Electronic waste is piling up in homes, this EU regulation aims to stamp that out

Electronic waste is piling up in homes, this EU regulation aims to stamp that out
Millions of electrical appliances in Europe will soon have to be made easier to repair, thanks to new rules to encourage manufacturers to design products with the circular economy in mind. From washing machines to vending machines, the Ecodesign Directive will extend the life of many appliances by ensuring replacement parts are easier to get hold of. Manufacturers will have to stock spares for up to 10 years, and make sure they are delivered quic...
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It’s time to declare a global emergency!

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The whole world is currently obsessed with the COVID-19 pandemic. The media is providing saturation coverage, governments are taking drastic actions, and people are hoarding food, toilet paper, and masks. This reaction is understandable and it is a major threat that needs to be managed decisively and competently. However, we are simultaneously neglecting a much larger and more dangerous threat, something which could ultimately result in humanity'...
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This is how The Ocean Cleanup's mission to clear the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is going

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The world produces 300 million tonnes of plastic a year. There are 5 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean, and 90% of seabirds have swallowed plastic. The stats about ocean plastic are so stark and the problem so seemingly insurmountable, you could be forgiven for wondering what on Earth we're going to do about it. But Dutch inventor Boyan Slat thinks he has a solution: a giant floating barrier, or boom, that uses natural forces to passively s...
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Microplastic pollution is everywhere, but scientists are still learning how it harms wildlife

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Plastic pollution is a growing global concern. Large pieces of plastic have been found almost everywhere on Earth, from the most visited beaches to remote, uninhabited islands. Because wildlife are regularly exposed to plastic pollution, we often ask what effects plastics have on the animals. Over time, macroplastics (plastic debris larger than five millimetres in size) break up into tiny particles called microplastics (smaller than five millimet...
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