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    Greenpeace Report: ‘Most Plastic Is Just Not Recyclable’

    Greenpeace Report: ‘Most Plastic Is Just Not Recyclable’

    We can’t recycle our way out of the plastic pollution crisis.  That’s the definitive conclusion of a new Greenpeace report released Monday that found that only five to six percent of plastics in the U.S. were actually recycled, a major decline from the still relatively low highs of 9.5 percent in 2014 and 8.7 percent […]

    Plastics Increase Acidity of the World’s Oceans, Study Finds

    Plastics Increase Acidity of the World’s Oceans, Study Finds

    The trillions of pieces of plastic that end up in Earth’s oceans each year are wreaking havoc on the hundreds of thousands of marine organisms who live there. Mammals like whales and smaller organisms like fish ingest plastic particles, which contain toxins that stay in the animals’ bodies and are passed along to the organisms […]

    Wax Worm Saliva Can Degrade Stubborn Plastic Within Hours, Scientists Find

    Wax Worm Saliva Can Degrade Stubborn Plastic Within Hours, Scientists Find

    What began as an infestation could be a surprising nature-based solution to the plastic pollution crisis.  In 2017, scientist and amateur beekeeper Federica Bertocchini found some unwanted intruders in one of her hives, wax-moth larvae that feed on beeswax. She took the worms out of her hive and placed them in a plastic bag. However, […]