These microscopic robots swim through the ocean and dissolve microplastics

Good News Notes: “Microplastics—tiny pieces of plastic smaller than five millimeters across—are everywhere, from snow in the Arctic and rain in the Rocky Mountains to bottled water and beer. On the ocean floor, there may be nearly 16 million metric tons of it. In the top 200 meters of the Atlantic Ocean, there may be 21 million more metric…

Biodegradable plastic that can break down in your compost developed by scientists

Good News Notes: “Biodegradable plastic bags, cutlery and coffee cup lids may seem like a win for the environment, but they often introduce more problems than solutions. Despite being touted as “green”, many of these plastics take just as long as their conventional counterparts to break down in home composts and landfill, leading to more pollution…

TerraCycle wants to recycle everything in your life

Good News Notes: “Have you ever felt guilty about tossing your old Teva sandals, or Colgate toothbrush, or Etch A Sketch into the trash, where they will clog up a landfill for hundreds of years? I have good news for you. All of those items—and many more—are now recyclable thanks to TerraCycle, a company that…

Making Cleaner, Greener, Biodegradable Plastics From Waste Fish Parts

Good News Notes: “Polyurethanes, a type of plastic, are nearly everywhere — in shoes, clothes, refrigerators, and construction materials. But these highly versatile materials can have a major downside. Derived from crude oil, toxic to synthesize, and slow to break down, conventional polyurethanes are not environmentally friendly. Today, researchers discuss devising what they say should…

Green Whale Global supplies compostable plastic products to fashion, cosmetic industries

Good News Notes: “Green Whale Global, the first South Korean firm to produce 100 percent biodegradable plastics, has successfully supplied international and Korean clothing brands with biodegradable hardened plastics, the company said. The clothing brands such as Recto, Nounou, and Nohant are soon to offer environmentally friendly packaging and hangers using plastics manufactured by GWG,…

New recyclable packaging concept for Feneberg’s minced meat: 36 tonnes of plastic per year saved

Good News Notes: “Feneberg Lebensmittel GmbH, a successful retail chain from Southern Germany, demonstrates in an impressive manner the opportunities that arise from questioning existing concepts and breaking new ground. This family business now uses an innovative packaging solution by Schur Flexibles for its self-service minced meat products by the Feneberg in-house butchers: the recyclable…