Tag: Plastics

To Make This Tofu, Start by Burning Toxic Plastic

ImageA commercial tofu kitchen in Tropodo, Indonesia. The tofu is processed in boilers fueled by burning plastic.Credit…Ulet Ifansasti for The New York Times TROPODO, Indonesia — Black smoke billows from smokestacks towering above the village. The smell of burning plastic fills the air. Patches of black ash cover the ground. It’s another day of making […]

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In the Sea, Not All Plastic Lasts Forever

A major component of ocean pollution is less devastating and more manageable than usually portrayed, according to a scientific team at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod, Mass., and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Previous studies, including one last year by the United Nations Environment Program, have estimated that polystyrene, a ubiquitous plastic […]

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A Giant Factory Rises to Make a Product Filling Up the World: Plastic

MONACA, Pa. — The 386-acre property looks like a giant Lego set rising from the banks of the Ohio River. It is one of the largest active construction projects in the United States, employing more than 5,000 people. When completed, the facility will be fed by pipelines stretching hundreds of miles across Appalachia. It will […]

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Are Mini Shampoo Bottles the New Plastic Straw?

Now that the hotel industry has largely embraced bans on plastic straws, one major hotel group aims to eliminate the next set of plastic targets: mini bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotion and the like. On Tuesday, July 30, IHG will announce it plans to replace all “bathroom miniatures” with bulk supplies across all of its […]

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Beverage Companies Embrace Recycling, Until It Costs Them

In the 10 states where consumers can collect a nickel or dime when they return an empty bottle or can, recycling rates for those containers are often significantly higher.CreditCreditVideo by Chang W. Lee They have pledged to help fix U.S. recycling, but for decades the companies have fought against “bottle bills,” which result in more […]

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Study: Drinking Bottled Water Doubles The Microplastics You Ingest Per Year

UPROXX/Getty Image Campaigns to stop people from drinking bottled water have ranged from tongue-in-cheek to deadly serious over the years, but they’ve always had one through-line: bottled water is a disaster for the environment. We, the user, have never been the focus. But that’s likely to change, thanks to a new study published by Environmental […]

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Recyclers Cringe as Southeast Asia Says It’s Sick of the West’s Trash

TELOK GONG, Malaysia — Black sedans with government plates raced through a town near Malaysia’s main seaport, flashing blue sirens as they approached rogue trash dumps. The raid, in the town of Telok Gong this week, was among the latest efforts by officials to shut down unlicensed dumps holding plastic scrap imported from the United […]

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Those Tiny Hotel Toiletry Bottles Are on Their Way Out

In a decade of travel, Robin Brinn accumulated dozens of small toiletry bottles from hotel bathrooms, bringing them home to her New York apartment and storing them in bags. But when she recently moved, she discarded most of them. “I just really wanted to pare down,” said Ms. Brinn, 67, a retired clinical social worker. […]

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Food Delivery Apps Are Drowning China in Plastic

BEIJING — In all likelihood, the enduring physical legacy of China’s internet boom will not be the glass-and-steel office complexes or the fancy apartments for tech elites. It will be the plastic. The astronomical growth of food delivery apps in China is flooding the country with takeout containers, utensils and bags. And the country’s patchy […]

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How Our Toothbrushes Are Littering Paradise

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. “Welcome to paradise,” beckons the Cocos Keeling Islands’ Visitor Center. The island chain is popular with vacationing Australians, and it’s easy to see why. Photos from the chain of 27 islands, of which only two are inhabited, feature oceans that […]

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