plastics

Trilobites: Birds Can Be Drawn to the Scent of Plastic

Trilobites: Birds Can Be Drawn to the Scent of Plastic

Researchers found that some species of seabirds, including blue petrels, are likely to consume plastic.
A Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Plastic Bags, Researchers Say

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Plastic Bags, Researchers Say

Scientists have discovered that a caterpillar used for fishing bait may hold the key to breaking down plastics.
The Immense, Eternal Footprint Humanity Leaves on Earth: Plastics

The Immense, Eternal Footprint Humanity Leaves on Earth: Plastics

Scientists have estimated that between 5 million and 13 million metric tons of plastic are put into the ocean each year.
The Immense, Eternal Footprint Humanity Leaves on Earth: Plastics

The Immense, Eternal Footprint Humanity Leaves on Earth: Plastics

Scientists have estimated that between 5 million and 13 million metric tons of plastic are put into the ocean each year.
The Immense, Eternal Footprint Humanity Leaves on Earth: Plastics

The Immense, Eternal Footprint Humanity Leaves on Earth: Plastics

Scientists have estimated that between 5 million and 13 million metric tons of plastic are put into the ocean each year.
The Breakdown: Is That Food to Go? It May Not Be in Plastic Much Longer

The Breakdown: Is That Food to Go? It May Not Be in Plastic Much Longer

Shopping in Sydney, Australia. Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, banned thin plastic bags in 2013 and now is considering phasing out single-use plastic containers and cutlery by 2020.
In Kenya, Selling or Importing Plastic Bags Will Cost You $19,000 — or Jail

In Kenya, Selling or Importing Plastic Bags Will Cost You $19,000 — or Jail

Shoppers in Kenya use an estimated 100 million plastic bags a year, many of which wind up in landfills like this one in Nairobi.
Hurricane Harvey Has Crippled the Foundation of U.S. Plastic Production

Hurricane Harvey Has Crippled the Foundation of U.S. Plastic Production

Producers of a basic plastic input have shut down en masse.
Hurricane Harvey Has Crippled the Foundation of U.S. Plastic Production

Hurricane Harvey Has Crippled the Foundation of U.S. Plastic Production

Producers of a basic plastic input have shut down en masse.
Trilobites: Corals May Have a Taste for Dangerous Plastic

Trilobites: Corals May Have a Taste for Dangerous Plastic

A small colony of Astrangia poculata, or northern star coral, capturing and ingesting a plastic particle.
Trilobites: Corals May Have a Taste for Dangerous Plastic

Trilobites: Corals May Have a Taste for Dangerous Plastic

A small colony of Astrangia poculata, or northern star coral, capturing and ingesting a plastic particle.
Terrawatch: the rivers taking plastic to the oceans

Terrawatch: the rivers taking plastic to the oceans

Just 10 river systems transport more than 90% of all plastic waste to the world’s seas, new research showsEvery minute one rubbish lorry’s-worth of plastic is dumped into the sea. If we continue at
Share your photos and stories of how you are avoiding plastic

Share your photos and stories of how you are avoiding plastic

With a growing number of UK food and drink outlets ditching drinking straws and plastic bottles, we’d like to hear your tips for reducing plastic consumption Pret A Manger announced in October the
Plastics found in stomachs of deepest sea creatures

Plastics found in stomachs of deepest sea creatures

‘Very worrying finding’ from nearly 11km deep confirms fears that synthetic fibres have contaminated the most remote places on EarthAnimals from the deepest places on Earth have been found with
All That Glitter? It’s Not Good, Critics Say

All That Glitter? It’s Not Good, Critics Say

Glitter, the substance beloved by youngsters for making Christmas cards and baubles, is being banished at a chain of 19 nurseries across the south of England because of concerns about the damage it
'They're just not very British': will cities finally splash out on water fountains?

'They're just not very British': will cities finally splash out on water fountains?

An exclusive Guardian investigation into water fountains across Britain reveals a shocking lack of alternatives to plastic bottles – but could change be coming?Michael Gove has suggested water