Burger King Debuts Reusable Packaging Program

Burger King Debuts Reusable Packaging Program

Burger King recently announced a new renewable packaging partnership with Loop, a “circular packaging” service that aims to create a “closed-loop” system of washable and reusable packaging in the food industry.

Why This Matters: The United States has one of the worst recycling rates of any developed nation, recycling only 50% of the packaging used.

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China and the U.S. Trade Environmental Barbs

China and the U.S. Trade Environmental Barbs

Yesterday the Chinese government released a detailed condemnation of the U.S. government’s environment and climate policies.  Labeled as a “Fact Sheet of Environmental Damage Caused by the US,” it contains a litany of U.S. environmental failures.

Why This Matters:  The U.S.’s shot at China came after the Chinese announced at the UN General Assembly that China plans to be climate neutral by 2060.

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New Super Enzyme Breaks Down PET Plastic Super Fast

New Super Enzyme Breaks Down PET Plastic Super Fast

By Razi Beresin-Scher, ODP Contributing Writer According to a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers have engineered a new “super enzyme” that breaks down recycled plastic 6-times faster than previously possible, CNN and The New York Times reported.  The super-enzyme is designed to break down polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which […]

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California Paves Highway with Completely Recycled Materials

California Paves Highway with Completely Recycled Materials

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer A 1000-foot stretch highway in Oroville, CA was recently repaved with recycled plastic and asphalt—the first time a state department has paved a road with 100% recycled materials. This durable recycled material can combat potholes, last two to three times longer than asphalt roads, and reuse about 150,000 single-use […]

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New Report Throws Cold Water on Big Oil’s Plastic Plan

New Report Throws Cold Water on Big Oil’s Plastic Plan

By Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer Last month, we reported on the plan of American companies to foist an increasing amount of plastic goods and garbage on African countries. These plastics represent the “thin reed upon which the [oil] industry is placing all its hopes.” But now, as David Roberts reported for Vox, a new […]

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Hero of the Week: Nattapong Nithi-Uthai and Thailand’s Trash Heroes click button

Hero of the Week: Nattapong Nithi-Uthai and Thailand’s Trash Heroes

Nattapong Nithi-Uthai, a lecturer at the Faculty of Science and Technology of Prince of Songkla University in Thailand was shocked five years ago to realize the sheer amount of ocean debris that washes up on the beaches in his country. Thailand has a serious problem with ocean plastic —  it is the fifth biggest contributor […]

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