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Manta Rays and Whale Sharks are Consuming a Staggering Amount of Plastic

Manta rays and whale sharks are among the largest filter-feeding fishes on the planet. To power their bulk, they sieve massive quantities of plankton out of the water. But new research off the coast of Indonesia suggests their meals come with an unwanted garnish: an alarming amount of plastic waste. Read More >>

3M Reinvents Bubble Wrap, Promises to Reduce Shipping Materials By Half

Despite repeatedly being called out for the practice, online stores like Amazon are still occasionally getting caught shipping tiny items in comically oversized boxes. It’s wasteful, it reduces the amount of cargo a truck can carry, and it inspired 3M to redesign bubble wrap to greatly reduce the packaging needed to ship smaller items. Read More >>

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Twitter Helps Researchers Log the Effects of Plastic Pollution on Sharks

Social media is proving to be a useful tool for scientists, and not just for observing the downfall of society in real-time. Read More >>

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Brits Are Littering UK Beaches With Coffee Cups and Crisps Packets

Those polar bears might want to rethink their beverage of choice after an analysis of branded items found on UK beaches carried out by Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) discovered that 12 per cent of the branded litter was comprised of Coca-Cola products. Read More >>

Scientists Say They’ve Cooked Up an Endlessly Recyclable Plastic

Plastics aren’t recycled nearly as much as we’d like them to be, but a team from Berkeley Lab has developed a method to hopefully make that process easier. In a recently published study, these researches describe a new type of plastic that can be broken down at the molecular level to create new plastic without any deterioration in quality. The goal is to improve the recycling process so that fewer plastics end up in landfills or oceans. Read More >>

The Sailors Who Hunt Garbage for Science

Emily Penn had a mission: To find a piece of trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch large enough to stick a satellite transmitter on so that researchers back on shore could track it until a vessel came to pick it up. Read More >>

Scientists Say They’ve Found Microplastics in People’s Poo, But Don’t Worry Just Yet

The more we look, the more we find potentially toxic microplastics – the tiny bits of debris that our plastic products crumble into – everywhere in the environment, the surrounding wildlife, and even our food and beer. So perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that new research released this week suggests that microplastics can end up in our poop. But it’s still unclear just how seriously we should take this discovery. Read More >>

Stop Washing Your Gross Used Contact Lenses Down the Drain

I wear my contact lenses most days—especially during the summer when I hope to don some fly-ass sunglasses. At the end of every month, my two flexible lenses’ lives are over. Into the bathroom trash bin they go. Read More >>

Fish Are Eating Small Bits of Plastic Because It Smells Delicious

Each year, our civilisation pours around eight million tons of plastic into the ocean, a portion of which ends up in the bellies of fish, and by consequence, our dinner plates. New research suggests that at least one species of fish isn’t ingesting this plastic debris by chance—they’re actually attracted to the smell. Read More >>