Recommerce Grows As More Consumers Make Eco-Friendly Purchases

Access to products, the value of goods, and less consumption contribute to the growing recommerce … [+]…getty As eco-conscious consumers pull back spending and become more deliberative about what they buy, the recommerce market, buying and selling pre-loved goods, is poised for solid growth. More and more consumers are reusing, recycling, upcycling, and selling previously […]

Remember All The Disposable Stuff You Used When COVID-19 Hit? It Made

Plastic filled our lives during the pandemic, littering our world with N95 masks, take-out containers, and single-use grocery bags. While the world was fixated on the global health crisis, the plastic crisis only got worse. Plastic products like PPE and disposable packaging were marketed as tools in the fight against COVID-19. In a new book, […]

Plastic Recycling Doesn’t Work and Will Never Work

Americans support recycling. We do too. But although some materials can be effectively recycled and safely made from recycled content, plastics cannot. Plastic recycling does not work and will never work. The United States in 2021 had a dismal recycling rate of about 5 percent for post-consumer plastic waste, down from a high of 9.5 […]

Eco-friendly Plastics Made From Sugars Boast “Unprecedented” Properties

The search for sustainable alternatives to common plastics has researchers investigating how their building blocks can be sourced from places other than petroleum, and for scientists behind a promising new study, this has led them straight to the sweet stuff. The team has produced a new form of plastic with “unprecedented” mechanical properties that are […]

Maritime Rope May Be a Large Source of Microplastics Pollution

We’ve been hearing a lot lately about how disintegrated waterborne trash is one of the main sources of ocean microplastics pollution. A new study, however, suggests that aging maritime rope could also be making a significant contribution. Ocean microplastics are tiny particles or fibers of plastic that are suspended in the water, where they get […]