London Store Upcycles 60,000 Plastic Bottles Into 3D-Printed Interior

Read the full story in Forbes. If you’re battling through the crowds on Regent Street in London, desperately seeking some inspiration this holiday season, you might want to stop and take a look at a very small, but very interesting new store opening called Bottletop. Located at the southern end of the busy road – …

The problem with bioplastics

Read the full post at Treehugger. Plastic was once hailed as a miracle material, but as its favored sheen slowly wears off with better understanding of its environmental repercussions, bioplastics are now rising to the forefront as the savior of the future. Bioplastics, the thinking goes, will enable our consumption habits to remain more or …

Unilever, PepsiCo wash hands of ‘biodegradable’ plastic

Read the full story from GreenBiz. More than 150 organizations, including some of the world's best-known brands, issued a call for governments around the world to ban oxo-degradable plastic packaging over fears it can have harmful effects on marine and land environments. In a statement organized by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, firms including M&S, Unilever …

Post-consumer bottle recycling drops for nearly all materials in US

Read the full story in Plastics News. For the second consecutive week, a new postconsumer plastic bottle recycling report shows falling numbers in the United States. The latest report, jointly released by the American Chemistry Council and the Association of Plastic Recyclers, shows recycling fell by 2.4 percent in 2016 to about 2.9 billion pounds.

Consider the plastic drinking straw: Why do we suck so much?

Read the full story in the Washington Post. Maybe it’s that you don’t want to put your mouth where other mouths have been. Or maybe you’ve been sucking for so long, sucking has become your default setting. You are thirsty. You are at lunch, and your waiter just brought you a cold glass of water. Enter …