Scientists have found rocks formed from plastic on Hawaiian shores. This discovery indicates that plastic litter can merge with natural elements, forming a new material: plastiglomerate.
This fusion could become part of the geological record, marking the Anthropocene and the human impact on the Earth’s ecosystems.
Looking on the bright side, plastic being able to fuse with shell and rocks could be exploited for the creation of artificial coral reefs.
Nature always finds a way, if she can’t get rid of plastic, she turn it into rocks.
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We all know about the plastic pollution problem that affects our Plastic Planet; we already reported about smart solutions such as the Ocean Cleanup Array and the microorganism that can biodegrade plastic.
Now there comes finally a European Union action whose goal is to reduce the consumption of the one-way disposable bags within 5 years by 80 percent.
Like in a microcosm, what if we could drink from a giant drop of water?
The bottle of the future has the shape of a soft, hygienic, biodegradable and edible blob, where the liquid is kept together by a solution of brown algae and calcium chloride.
Cleaning beaches and oceans from trash by transforming it in something useful and entitled to float on water.
A young man from Lamu, Kenya, collected tourists’ disused slippers and seaborne plastic bottles and threw them back to the ocean in the form of a boat.
Even if the ship doesn’t look seaworthy, it is a clear statement of the impact of plastic accumulation in marine environments. Peculiar object of the week.
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It seemed an impossible challenge to clean the ocean from plastic pollution, until now. Dutch Technology student Boyan Slat says he may have found a way to remove disposed from seawater. He has a solution to clean oceans in five years, and make it profitable.
The male bowerbird has a colorful way to sededuce females. To attract them, the male builds peculiar structures, decorated with colorful plastic ornaments. They collect all kinds of bright colored small objects, and place them visibly outside their love nest.
Australia-based photographer Kim Preston draws the attention on plastic pollution of marine ecosystems. With a series of brilliant pictures, titled Plastic Pacific, she explores the devastating impact of plastics accumulation in the oceans by transforming everyday household objects into sea creatures.
Gather mushroom spores, grow them in a mold with agricultural waste, and you’ve just created the newest alternative to toxic styrofoam packing. The mushroom enthusiasts over at Ecovative have figured out a way to harness the abilities of mushroom root systems, called mycelium, to bind together organic substrates. By drying these mushroomy matrixes, Ecovative can create a material that’s strong, lightweight, and most importantly, cost-competitive with petroleum-based packaging. The company hopes to branch out into shoes, surfboards, furniture and building materials. A house that sprouts shiitakes and chanterelles is just a nice side benefit.
Read the full story over at Architect’s Newspaper.
The car buying experience is really a ritual – the glass-walled showroom, the pushy salesmen, the shiny just-waxed cars that feel like yours at the very first touch – and then there’s that new-car smell. Its a little bit like fresh paint, or old leather, but whatever it is makes it feel like the car just rolled off the assembly line. It turns out that new-car smell is a toxic soup of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) released by plastic parts inside the car. Last year, NASA researchers developed a remarkable coating that permanently seals in these gases for use in confined environments where out-gassing plastic poses a deadly threat. Despite this, car companies are working to find their own solution. So what still seems to be the problem?