science
Plants Can Absorb Tiny Plastic Pieces Through Their Roots, Study Finds

Nothing seems safe from the grips of plastic these days. Not national parks, not oceans, and, according to new findings, not even plants. The study, published today in Nature Nanotechnology, found that plants can absorb the tiniest bits of plastic through their roots. It shows the wide-ranging ways that plastic can impact the natural world. Read More >>

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The Seafloor Is Absolutely Littered in Microplastic

Plastic garbage floating on the ocean may draw the most outrage, but it accounts for just 1 per cent of the 10 million tonnes of plastic that get into the world’s oceans every year. The rest of it ends up in the deep ocean, and new research has revealed where it’s accumulating. Read More >>

plastic pollution
Wales is Banning Single Use Plastics Starting Next Year

The Welsh government has announced its plan to crack down on plastic pollution and is getting rid of all of your favourite single-use plastics because you're a monster and need to get on board the paper straw train. Toot toot! Read More >>

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A Newly Discovered Microbe Feasts on a Particularly Problematic Plastic

Like other forms of discarded plastic, polyurethane waste threatens the environment and human health. In an encouraging new development, European scientists have stumbled upon a hardy strain of bacteria that appears to thrive off the stuff. Read More >>

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There’s Literally a Million Times More Microplastic in Our Oceans Than We Realized

If you pulled 1,000 litres (264 gallons) of water out of the ocean, how many small bits of plastic would you expect to find? Ten pieces? One hundred pieces? How about 8.3 million pieces of what researchers call “mini-microplastic.” Such is the finding of an alarming new study. Read More >>

environment
Waitrose Shoppers Will Soon Have to Bring a Cup if They Want Free Hot Drinks

Supermarket chain Waitrose is about to make a token gesture regarding the environment, announcing a plan to eradicate all single-use disposable cups from its hot drinks bank by the end of the year. Read More >>

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MIT’s New Plastic Muscles Could Bring Us One Step Closer to a Real-Life Westworld

We strive to make robots in our own likeness because, as far as we can tell, humans are best adapted to deal with our world. And thanks to researchers at MIT, who’ve found a way to use cheap, nylon plastic as an artificial muscle, we’re now one step closer to creating artificial humans—and opulent fantasy theme parks. Read More >>

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IBM Lab Accidentally Makes New Type of Super-Strong, Recyclable Polymer

Strong, durable materials are hard to recycle—they're designed to stand up to abuse. But research chemists at an IBM laboratory just published their discovery of a never-before-seen family of polymers that's super strong, self-healing, lightweight, and easy to recycle. And it was discovered completely by accident. Read More >>

animals
You’ll Never Believe All the Things Made Out of Chicken Feathers

It's estimated that 49 billion chickens are eaten every year, and this results in a few mountains' worth of chicken feathers in pure waste. But no more, some entrepreneurs say: chicken feathers could be the future of plastic. Read More >>

health
You’re Fat Because of Plastic

A new review of over 240 peer-reviewed studies has shown that there’s a link between some chemicals used in the plastics that make up food containers, packaging and household items, and obesity and diabetes. The plastic your food comes in might be making you fat. Read More >>