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  • 'Straws' film reveals how the straw in your drink is hurting the world

    More than half a million straws are thrown away daily in the U.S [only]. These get blown and washed into oceans and rivers, where animals mistake them for food.


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  • Drop It members save 27 tons of CO2 emissions within the initiative's first year

    Launched last May 2016, the Drop it campaign counts 12 corporate members, and is estimated to have directly affected 861 UAE residents. By switching to filtered tap water, Drop it members saved 225,347 small plastic bottles and 4,446 5-gallon plastic bottles from landfills, and ultimately, from oceans. This World Oceans Day, we take a look back on our own achievements


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  • Bottled water is the new smoking...and the industry is starting to face a backlash

    According to Ban the Bottle, more than $1 billion of plastic is wasted every year in the form of 38 billion unrecycled water bottles. Making the bottles is also taxing on the environment, with the organization saying that making bottles to meet the US demand for bottled water uses more than 17 million barrels of oil annually — enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year. Even Paris Hilton is now speaking out against bottled water...

     

     


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  • Plastic-eating bugs? It's a great story...but there's a sting in the tail

    Breeding wax moth caterpillars to devour our waste sounds good. But they would attack bee colonies too, and ultimately put crops at risk. A far easier and less hazardous solution to the plastic problem could be found in bacteria, however. Indeed last year a team of Japanese scientists identified a bacterium existing in the wild that can feed on another common plastic, polyethylene terephthalate, which is used to make bottles for soft drinks and water.


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  • This 'edible water bottle' could put an end to plastic packaging

    The water ball, named "Ooho!" is a biodegradable and natural membrane which can be fully swallowed and digested, as well as hydrating people in the same way as drinking water.

     


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  • BPA-free substitutions mimic hormones in breast cancer cells

    Six popular BPA alternatives all mimic estrogen in breast cancer cells; three of them more so than BPA itself, according to new research.

    The plastics manufacturing industry have turned to alternative bisphenols to produce their ‘BPA-free’ products, often with little toxicology testing.


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  • Only 14% of plastics are recycled can tech innovation tackle the rest?

    A new group of companies is innovating on the problem of plastics recycling by tackling everything from styrofoam to Ziploc bags


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  • Water week: why we buy it bottled when it drops from the sky for free?

    As advertising goes, PepsiCo’s 2001 commercial plugging its bottled water Aquafina, voiced by kooky Friends actress Lisa Kudrow, was refreshingly honest. "Aquafina," went the pay-off line, was "so pure, we promise nothing." 

    Nothing, other than plain old tap water mixed with a few minerals and decanted into a slickly labelled plastic bottle, was precisely what you got – and, with brands including Aquafina, rival Coca-Cola’s Arwa and Nestlé’s Pure Life, among others, what you still get.

     


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  • Six data visualizations that explain the plastic problem

    Tiny particles, bags, bottles: When plastic lands in the ocean, it harms wildlife and the environment. But how much plastic does end up there, and where does it come from? An overview of problems and solutions.


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  • LIMITLESS ENERGY

     

    Race for Water, a pioneering dedicated to science and energy transition, using the ocean, the sun and the wind as its sole sources of energy.


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