How do we turn oil into plastic?

“Only we humans make waste that nature can’t digest.” Those are the words of oceanographer Capt. Charles Moore, who discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 1997. And, of course, he’s talking about plastic. Most people reading this will probably have something made of plastic within their line of sight. This material is ubiquitous: we’re […]

The best plastic cups that look better than most plastic cups

Durable glasses you’ll be proud to drink out of. (Gerrie van der Walt via Unsplash/) There are so many practical reasons to have plastic cups in your life. Whether you have small children, frequent parties, or prefer the stress-free ease of knowing your cups are sturdy enough to resist shattering on impact. Plastic cups also […]

Seagrass meadows may facilitate marine plastic removal from the sea

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Underwater seagrass meadows may trap, extract and carry marine plastic debris to shore, thereby helping to remove plastic litter from the sea, according to a study published in Scientific Reports. Previous research suggested that most plastics end up in the seafloor and that some are washed back to shore; however, how […]

Catalyst transforms plastic waste to valuable ingredients at low temperature

IMAGE: Graphical abstract view more  Credit: Tamura/Osaka City University For the first time, researchers have used a novel catalyst process to recycle a type of plastic found in everything from grocery bags and food packaging to toys and electronics into liquid fuels and wax. The team published their results on Dec. 10 in Applied Catalysis B: […]

The evolving role of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in plastic surgery

December 28, 2020 – Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment, which involves injecting a small amount of a patient’s own blood to release various growth factors from platelets, continues to increase in popularity. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has tracked the procedure since 2015 and reports a 25 percent increase in cosmetic PRP use in the […]

Plastic is blowing in the wind

As the plastic in our oceans breaks up into smaller and smaller bits without breaking down chemically, the resulting microplastics are becoming a serious ecological problem. A new study at the Weizmann Institute of Science reveals a troubling aspect of microplastics – defined as particles smaller than 5 mm across. They are swept up into […]

TPU chemists convert plastic bottle waste into insecticide sorbent

Scientists of Tomsk Polytechnic University proposed a method to create a sorbent for imidacloprid insecticide removal from water. The sorbent belongs to metal-organic frameworks, a class of non-conventional materials. The TPU chemists grew such a framework right on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) used to produce regular plastic bottles. The method is quite simple and allows converting […]

Plastic is blowing in the wind — ScienceDaily

As the plastic in our oceans breaks up into smaller and smaller bits without breaking down chemically, the resulting microplastics are becoming a serious ecological problem. A new study at the Weizmann Institute of Science reveals a troubling aspect of microplastics — defined as particles smaller than 5 mm across. They are swept up into […]

Overheated plastic pipes can leak hazardous chemicals into water

In August, a massive wildfire tore through the San Lorenzo Valley north of Santa Cruz, Calif., destroying almost 1,500 structures and exposing many others to extreme heat. Before the fire was even out, lab tests revealed benzene levels as high as 9.1 parts per billion in residential water samples — nine times higher than the […]

Tracking How Plastic Moves in the Coastal Ocean

At least 8 million tons of plastic waste wind up in the ocean annually, collecting in great swirling patches on the surface and even sinking to the deepest depths. Researchers know that most of this plastic litter originates on land, but it is less clear how it moves around in the coastal zone, […]