Microplastics – Journal Seeks Abstracts by February 2022

The “International Journal of Food Contamination” has issued a call for papers on “Microplastics and Nanoplastics in Food, Water and Environmental Safety” https://foodcontaminationjournal.biomedcentral.com/mnfw – “… Owing to its durable nature, inertness, and slow degradation, microplastic and nanoplastics will continue to increase in volume and linger when left without mediation. This thematic series focusses on contaminantsContinue reading “Microplastics – Journal Seeks Abstracts by February 2022”

Single Use Plastic – Spider Silk Polymer Film made from Plant Proteins Described

A May 17, 2021 UK University of Cambridge announcement https://www.ch.cam.ac.uk/news/research-breakthrough-provides-alternative-single-use-plastics reports the creation of a “… polymer film from plant proteins … [that] is as strong as the most common plastics in use today … It is home compostable and will degrade naturally in a marine environment and in fresh water … The researchers haveContinue reading “Single Use Plastic – Spider Silk Polymer Film made from Plant Proteins Described”

Microplastics – Ocean Distribution Measured with Spaceborne Bistatic Radar

The abstract of a June 9, 2021 IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing paper by researchers with the University of Michigan https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9449485 reports that “… global measurements of microplastic distribution and its temporal variability are lacking. A new method is presented for detecting and imaging the global distribution of ocean microplastics from space. TheContinue reading “Microplastics – Ocean Distribution Measured with Spaceborne Bistatic Radar”

Plastic Waste – Take Out Food and Beverage Containers Found in Global Litter

The abstract of a June 10, 2021 Nature Sustainability article by researchers with Spain Instituto Universitario de Investigación Marina (INMAR) https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-021-00720-8 harmonizes “… worldwide litter-type inventories across seven major aquatic environments and find that a set of plastic items from take-out food and beverages largely dominates global litter, followed by those resulting from fishing activities.Continue reading “Plastic Waste – Take Out Food and Beverage Containers Found in Global Litter”

Plastic Waste – Global Treaty Discussed

On June 8, 2021 National Geographic Environment reported https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/global-treaty-to-regulate-plastic-pollution-gains-momentum that “… Support is growing for a global treaty to address plastic waste. At least 100 nations have already expressed support … Industry also has reversed its opposition … Preliminary talks are already underway …” #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic @NatGeo

Microplastics – Microrobot Photocatalytic Degradation Procedure Described

The May 19, 2021 abstract of an ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces article by researchers with Check Republic University of Chemistry and Technology https://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acsami.1c04559 describes “… an active photocatalytic degradation procedure based on intelligent visible-light-driven microrobots with the capability of capturing and degrading microplastics ‘on-the-fly’ … The robots with hybrid powers carry built-in photocatalytic (BiVO4)Continue reading “Microplastics – Microrobot Photocatalytic Degradation Procedure Described”

Microplastics – Fish Exposure Explored

The abstract of an August 15, 2021 Journal of Hazardous Materials article by researchers with UK University of Essex, Israel Ben Gurion University, Israel Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences and UK University of Cambridge https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304389421010232 report that “… Microplastic (MP) pollution is a key global environmental issue and laboratory exposure studies on aquatic biota areContinue reading “Microplastics – Fish Exposure Explored”

Plastic Waste – 35 percent of Amazon Shareholders Supported “As You Sow” Proposal

A June 1, 2021, Green Century Capital Management news release https://www.greencentury.com/35-of-amazon-shareholders-support-plastics-reduction-proposal-filed-by-as-you-sow-and-green-century/ reports that “… Amazon.com, Inc. shareholders voted Wednesday at the company’s annual meeting on a shareholder proposal … which urges the company to develop strategies for reducing its significant plastic footprint … [The proposal] garnered a notable 35% of the vote … Much ofContinue reading “Plastic Waste – 35 percent of Amazon Shareholders Supported “As You Sow” Proposal”

Plastic Waste – US Chamber Foundation Initiative

A May 26, 2021, US Chamber of Commerce Foundation news release https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/press-release/us-chamber-commerce-foundation-launches-sustainable-plastics-initiative announces a new Foundation “… initiative to help realize a more sustainable future for plastics … the initiative will identify opportunities to reduce the environmental footprint of plastics, while helping businesses make their plastics value chain more sustainable … Achieving sustainability in plasticsContinue reading “Plastic Waste – US Chamber Foundation Initiative”

Plastic Waste – Canada “Toxic Substance” Designation Challenged

A June 4, 2021 Canada law firm McCarthy Tétrault article https://www.mccarthy.ca/en/insights/blogs/canadian-era-perspectives/coalition-canadian-plastic-industry-members-launch-legal-challenge-designation-plastic-manufactured-items-toxic-under-cepa reports that “… a group of plastic manufacturers is now challenging the federal government in court following the government’s designation of manufactured plastic items as a ‘toxic substance’ … alleging that the designation is unconstitutional and scientifically inaccurate … The Coalition argues that theContinue reading “Plastic Waste – Canada “Toxic Substance” Designation Challenged”