One Cool Thing: Fighting the Pandemic Plastic Boom

One Cool Thing: Fighting the Pandemic Plastic Boom

Startups across the country are on a mission to provide sustainable food packaging options and close the plastic loop, especially prompted by the pandemic take-out boom. Over 70% of Americans order delivery one to three times a week, creating hundreds of billions of single-use bowls, bags, utensils, and more.   But some innovative companies have […]

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Plastic Industry Set to Outpace Coal Emissions by 2030

Plastic Industry Set to Outpace Coal Emissions by 2030

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer While coal use is a leading source of greenhouse gas emissions, another industry is set to outpace it: plastic. A new report from Bennington College and Beyond Plastics estimates the plastic industry emits over 232 million tons of greenhouse gases each year, the equivalent of 116 coal-fired power plants.  […]

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Atmospheric Microplastics May Contribute to Warming Temps

Atmospheric Microplastics May Contribute to Warming Temps

By Alex Bowman, ODP Contributing Writer It’s a well known fact that fossil fuels are plaguing our atmosphere, but new research finds petroleum products are entering our air in a whole new form: microplastics. A study published in Nature on Wednesday reveals findings of how airborne microplastics behave in the earth’s atmosphere and contribute to […]

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One Cool Thing: Happy Meal, Happy Earth

One Cool Thing: Happy Meal, Happy Earth

The McDonald’s toys you grew up loving (and then losing under the seats in your mom’s car) are going green. The iconic toys that come in every meal will soon be made mostly from corn and other sustainable materials instead of petroleum-based plastics. The company hopes to make the transition complete across all stores globally […]

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Detergent Pods May Release Plastics into Environment Despite Sustainability Claims

Detergent Pods May Release Plastics into Environment Despite Sustainability Claims

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Though most reasonable people abstained from the 2018 viral  Tide Pod Challenge, it turns out the public may be unwittingly consuming the candy-like detergent pods anyway. A new study has found that up to 75% of plastics from detergent pods end up in the environment despite claims by manufacturers that […]

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LEGO Unveils 100% Recyclable Plastic Bricks

LEGO Unveils 100% Recyclable Plastic Bricks

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Master builders and environmentalists everywhere have a new reason to celebrate as the LEGO Group introduces a big new project. Well, actually, it’s pretty small. The company has unveiled a new prototype LEGO brick made of 100% recycled plastic, putting it one step closer to reaching its goal of 100% sustainable materials by 2030. […]

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