Plastic trash can now be recycled into ultra-strong graphene

Good News Notes: “Packaging from the grocery store, lint from our clothing, plastic shopping bags – plastics and microplastics are everywhere, and they’re not going anywhere. In fact, it will take them hundreds of years to decompose in landfills . In order to speed up this decomposition process, scientists from Rice University are transforming these discarded…

Suzuki’s motorboat filter gobbles up microplastics

Good News Notes: “Suzuki Motor has created an attachment for its boat motors that collects microplastics, a major source of pollution in the world’s oceans and waterways, the company said Thursday, adding that the device was the first of its kind. The Japanese company plans to launch the collector as an optional add-on next year,…

La Bouche Rouge launches fully sustainable makeup collection

Good News Notes:  “Three years ago, Nicolas Gerlier co-founded La Bouche Rouge with one mission: to bring sustainability to the world of luxury beauty. Free of micro-plastics and housed in customisable, refillable cases, his haute line of lipsticks quickly became a cult favorite. Covetable collaborations with fashion brands includingNanushka, The Attico, and The Webster would…

Reduce plastic pollution to preserve all marine life

 Good News Notes: “Oceans play a vital role in life on earth, a role that affects humans in addition to whales, fish and turtles. Around 18 billion pounds of plastic are leaked into the ocean every single year  — that’s equivalent to 1 billion elephants, 80 million blue whales or 25,000 Empire State Buildings. If…

Microplastics: what is it and how to prevent it

 Good News Notes: “All of us are aware of the plastic pollution we pump into the oceans – from carrier bags to plastic bottles, straws and more. But many of us are contributing to another type of pervasive and hidden pollution, often without realising it. They’re called microplastics. Microplastics are tiny particles invisible to the…

New Challenges to Recycling

I found this great story on another wonderful blog that discusses the ways in which manufacturers are actually making it more difficult for individuals and companies to recycle and help the planet.  It also shows what to avoid and how to do so to be more sustainable.  Check it out here: https://globalrecycler.com/horrible-hybrids-the-plastic-products-that-give-recyclers-nightmares-and-what-you-can-use-instead/

Good, Better, Best — Eliminating Plastic Waste

Good News Notes: “The top three materials filling American garbage bins are paper, food waste, and plastic. Of the three, plastic may be the most problematic. Not only does its production use nonrenewable natural resources and energy, but unlike paper and food waste, it is neither biodegradable nor easily recyclable. Nonexistent a century ago, plastic…

Sound waves used to separate microplastics from laundry wastewater

Good News Notes: “The world’s oceans are currently under threat not only from large pieces of plastic trash, but also from minuscule “microplastic” particles – many of which take the form of fibers that are shed by synthetic fabrics as they’re being washed. A new system uses sound to help capture those fibers at their…