How Much Energy Goes Into Making a Bottle of Water?
Concerned researchers project global solid waste to peak at 11 million tons per day in 2100
Ocean garbage frustrates search for Flight 370
Sometimes the object spotted in the water is a snarled fishing line. Or a buoy. Or something that might once have been the lid to an ice box. Not once—not yet at least—has it been a clue.
Researchers identify endocrine-disrupting chemical in bottled water
Plastic bottles solve Nigeria's housing problem
The idea undoubtedly seemed strange at first: take the plastic water bottles that litter Nigeria's roads, canals and gutters and allow people to live inside them.
Recycling entrepreneur stubs out cigarette garbage
Recycling entrepreneur Tom Szaky is stubbing out the world's cigarette problem—one butt at a time.
Plastics and chemicals they absorb pose double threat to marine life
(Phys.org)—Marine creatures that ingest plastics in the ocean might suffer from a double whammy of the plastic itself and the pollutants those plastics have absorbed while floating in the open seas, according ...
Chemical engineers find high-yield method of making xylene from biomass
A team of chemical engineers led by Paul J. Dauenhauer of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has discovered a new, high-yield method of producing the key ingredient used to make plastic bottles from biomass. The process ...
Philippine solar light bottles offer hope
Filipino entrepreneur Illac Diaz is aiming to help a million poor people in a year, and with the help of some plastic bottles and a clever social media campaign may do even better.
PepsiCo unveils 100 percent plant-based bottle
(AP) -- Remember the Cola Wars? Get ready for the Bottle Wars. PepsiCo Inc. on Tuesday unveiled a bottle made entirely of plant material, which it says bests the technology of competitor Coca-Cola and reduces its potential ...
Potentially safer, greener alternative to BPA could come from papermaking waste
A waste product from making paper could yield a safer, greener alternative to the potentially harmful chemical BPA, now banned from baby bottles but still used in many plastics. Scientists made the BPA alternative from lignin, ...
Irish scientists developing new material to increase shelf life of beer
Scientists at CRANN, the nanoscience institute based at Trinity College Dublin, have partnered with world-leading brewing company SABMiller on a project to increase the shelf life of bottled beer in plastic ...
Taiwan turns plastic junk into blankets, dolls
Some 40 people stand ankle-deep in used plastic bottles in the yard of a recycling station in Taipei, stamping them flat in the first step of a process that will transform the junk into usable goods.
US town bans bottled water
Water, water everywhere—just not in plastic bottles, says a town in the US state of Massachusetts.