Top Ten Stories of 2020: Plastic Pollution Solutions Begin to Emerge

Top Ten Stories of 2020: Plastic Pollution Solutions Begin to Emerge

The pandemic changed attitudes about many environmental issues — and plastic pollution was no exception.  During lockdown, the extent of our dependence on plastic, and the amount of plastic waste we are generating from just our day to day lives became abundantly clear.

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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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COVID-19 Brings Clothes Recycling to a Halt

COVID-19 Brings Clothes Recycling to a Halt

The second-hand clothes trade ensures that abandoned clothes don’t pile up in landfills, and at the same time, makes it possible for the fashion industry to introduce new designs for each new season. However, Reuters reports that this system has slowed to a stop as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why this matters:  The fashion industry is the second-biggest consumer of water and is responsible for up to 10% of global carbon emissions.

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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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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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