Plastic Waste – OECD Calls for “Radical” Action

According to a June 3, 2022 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) news release “… The amount of plastic waste produced globally is on track to almost triple by 2060, with around half ending up in landfill and less than a fifth recycled … ‘Global Plastics Outlook: Policy Scenarios to 2060’ … without radicalContinue reading “Plastic Waste – OECD Calls for “Radical” Action”

Chemical Recycling – Upcycling of Polystyrene to Small Molecules (Benzoic Acid) Reported

The abstract of a March 23, 2022 Journal of the American Chemical Society article by researchers with US Cornell University reports that “… Chemical upcycling of polystyrene into targeted small molecules is desirable to reduce plastic pollution. Herein, we report the upcycling of polystyrene to benzoyl products, primarily benzoic acid, using a catalyst-controlled photooxidativeContinue reading “Chemical Recycling – Upcycling of Polystyrene to Small Molecules (Benzoic Acid) Reported”

Micro and Nano Plastics – Research Efforts Summarized

The abstract of a May 27, 2022 ACS Chemical and Engineering News Story reports that “… Tiny plastic particles less than 5 mm in diameter are popping up nearly everywhere scientists look. They are in water, food, and air, as well as in human blood, lung tissue, and stool. But it is unclear whether micro-Continue reading “Micro and Nano Plastics – Research Efforts Summarized”

Nanoplastics – Single Use Hot Beverage Cups Release “Trillions” during Normal Use

The abstract of an April 20, 2022 Environmental Science and Technology article by researchers with the US National Institute of Standards and Technology reports that “… commonly used consumer products such as single-use food grade nylon bags and hot beverage cups lined with low-density polyethylene release nanometer-sized plastic particles … when exposed to water. TheContinue reading “Nanoplastics – Single Use Hot Beverage Cups Release “Trillions” during Normal Use”

Nanoplastics – Potential Health Risks of Ingested Polystyrene in Drosophila Larvae Studied

The abstract of a May 1, 2022 Environmental Science: Nano article by researchers with Spain Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Egypt Sohag University reports that “… we have used our in vivo model of Drosophila larvae and three nanopolystyrene plastics (PSNPLs) … to add new data to better understand the potential health risks of Micro- and Nanoplastics (MNPLs). OurContinue reading “Nanoplastics – Potential Health Risks of Ingested Polystyrene in Drosophila Larvae Studied”

Plastic Waste – Coca-Cola Great Britain Introduces Attached Bottle Caps

In a May 17, 2022 news release “… Coca-Cola in partnership with Coca-Cola Europacific Partners … announced transition to attached caps … [which will] cover entire portfolio of brands … Move begins in Scotland this May and will be rolled out across Great Britain …  The new design means that the cap stays connectedContinue reading “Plastic Waste – Coca-Cola Great Britain Introduces Attached Bottle Caps”

Plastic Waste – $500 Million “Investment Opportunity” Announced

On May 12, 2022, the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (“Alliance”) and Lombard Odier Investment Managers announced “… their intention to launch a new circular plastic fund. The fund will aim to raise US$500 million from institutional and other accredited investors for scalable solutions to remove plastic waste from the environment, increase recycling, andContinue reading “Plastic Waste – $500 Million “Investment Opportunity” Announced”

Plastic Waste – California Legal Efforts Summarized

A May 11, 2022 DLA Piper Product Liability Alert summarizes the April 28, 2022, California Attorney General’s ExxonMobil subpoena seeking information regarding the efficacy of recycling – “… This move is the latest in a series of regulatory, legislative, and litigation developments focusing on the plastics supply chain, which could impact participants fromContinue reading “Plastic Waste – California Legal Efforts Summarized”

Plastic Waste – Kraft Heinz Developing Paper-Based Ketchup Bottle

A May 10, 2022 Kraft Heinz news release advises that the company is developing “… a paper-based, renewable and recyclable bottle made from 100 percent sustainably sourced wood pulp … [which] progresses the Company’s sustainable packaging ambitions, in that it aligns with its goal to make all packaging globally recyclable, reusable or compostable byContinue reading “Plastic Waste – Kraft Heinz Developing Paper-Based Ketchup Bottle”

Microplastics – Presence in Dried Asian Fish Reported

The abstract of a February 5, 2022 Journal of Hazardous Materials article by researchers with Taiwan National Sun Yat-sen University, US University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Sri Lanka University of Sri Jayewardenepura report that “… The major risk of microplastics in marine environments is the bioaccumulation in marine organisms … we report the occurrence ofContinue reading “Microplastics – Presence in Dried Asian Fish Reported”