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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Plastic Pollution is a Crisis, But Solutions for a Circular Economy Exist

Plastic Pollution is a Crisis, But Solutions for a Circular Economy Exist

Plastic pollution is at a crisis level and as we’ve written, the COVID-19 pandemic has only compounded the need to rethink our waste and recycling systems. But governments, companies, and NGOs are forging a path to create these solutions. In California, as the LA Times editorial board wrote, state lawmakers previously proposed to establish the […]

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Recycling Struggling Due to Pandemic and Electronic Waste Breaks Records

Recycling Struggling Due to Pandemic and Electronic Waste Breaks Records

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused turmoil in recycling programs and markets for recycled goodsMeanwhile, a UN report released last week found that electronic waste produced globally jumped to a record of 53.6 million tons or about 16 pounds per person.

Why This Matters: And while residential waste is greatly increasing, fewer materials are being recycled other than cardboard, which is much in demand.  Recycling, like so many other local programs, needs federal financial support and soon.

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Ford Takes Comprehensive Approach To Sustainability, Will Be Carbon Neutral by 2050

Ford Takes Comprehensive Approach To Sustainability, Will Be Carbon Neutral by 2050

In its annual Sustainability Report, Ford Motors made several key pledges in addition to the promise to be carbon neutral as a company by 2050.  In addition, they will use 100 percent locally sourced renewable energy for all manufacturing plants globally by 2035, aspire to achieve zero air emissions from our facilities, only use recycled and renewable plastics in our vehicles globally and eliminate single-use plastics from our operations by 2030, and achieve true zero waste to landfill across our operations, among other social responsibility commitments.

Why This Matters:  Other car companies have focused on products — Daimler Chrysler, VW, and Tesla come to mind.

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America’s Recycling Outlook, An Interview with WWF’s Roberta Elias

America’s Recycling Outlook, An Interview with WWF’s Roberta Elias

We sat down with the World Wildlife Fund’s Director of Policy, Roberta Elias, to ask her about the outlook for recycling in the United States and how the federal government can help us move to more circular systems for our waste.   ODP: Increased recycling seems like a no-brainer yet in the United States, our […]

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Remaking Plastic #ForNature

Remaking Plastic #ForNature

By Sheila Bonini, Senior Vice President, Private Sector Engagement, World Wildlife Fund U.S. In recent years, a growing chorus of voices—among consumers, in business and across government—has urged immediate action to reduce plastic pollution. It’s a shift driven by countless images of natural habitats befouled by plastic waste and animals harmed or killed, as well […]

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