These Lego-Like Roads Are Made From Plastic Trash

Read the full story in Fast Company.

We may soon be driving on last year’s plastic bags and bottles, fished out of the ocean. A new project in the Netherlands is turning plastic waste—especially scraps that couldn’t be used for anything else—into new roads.

Serving up plant-based plastics

Read the full story in Plastics News.

The ownership of Stillwater, Minn., mold maker and manufacturer VistaTek LLC created an independent company to manufacture plates, bowls and other items from plant-based plastics.

Called SelfEco, the company produces various food service items — plates, bowls, cups, cutlery — and other supplies that are compostable in commercial composting facilities. The company will introduce a new line of home and garden products this month at Cultivate’15, a horticulture show in Columbus, Ohio.

Study: To improve recycling, don’t crush containers

Read the full story in Plastics News.

Recycling would be well served if Americans reconsidered a long-held approach to how they handle their plastics and other recyclables.

Crushing recyclables, including plastic bottles and containers, is an easy way to make more room in the recycling container. But that simple and time-tested practice actually can lead to a more difficult time for today’s material recycling facilities, says the new MRF Material Flow Study report commissioned by a handful of trade groups.

Startup Uses Climate-Changing Methane to Make Eco-Friendly Plastic

Read the full story from the Los Angeles Times (via FutureStructure).

A small Costa Mesa, Calif., company has lined up contracts with major corporations to supply the plastic for packaging, containers and chairs from potent methane that would have instead seeped into the atmosphere.

Lego Saying ‘No’ To Plastic, Invests Millions Into Search For ‘Sustainable’ Material

Read the full story in the Huffington Post.

Goodbye plastic Legos?

The toy company announced this week that it plans to invest 1 billion Danish Krone (or about $150 million) over the next 15 years in a program to develop new “sustainable” materials which will eventually replace the plastic currently used to make its iconic building blocks. Lego also plans to make its packaging more environmentally-friendly.

10 things we learned about tackling plastic ocean waste

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Earlier this year an NGO warned we could end up with ‘as much plastic in our oceans as fish’. Here is what the experts said in an online debate on plastic pollution.

Why cigarette butts threaten to stub out marine life

Read the full story in The Guardian.

While we know cigarettes damage our bodies, we still don’t fully understand their health implications for our oceans, beyond that other forms of microplastics and microfibres pose a risk to marine organisms. A study from San Diego State University suggests one smoked cigarette butt in a single litre of water is sufficient to kill both marine and freshwater fish, although how this translates from the laboratory to an actual aquatic setting isn’t yet clear.