Tag: Plastic

Wild bees are building their homes from plastic

Wild bees, nesting in Argentinian crop fields, were recently found constructing nests entirely made of the flimsy plastic packaging material left on farms. From 2017 to 2018, researchers at Argentina’s National Agricultural Technology Institute crafted wooden, artificial nests for wild bees. Unlike bee species that have a large hive with

Five ways to make your home less toxic

Ventilate Cleaning products, cooking, candles and building materials all contribute to pollution inside our homes. The British Lung Foundation (BLF) recommends choosing fragrance-free cleaning products and using solid or liquid products when possible, rather than sprays. It also advises opening windows or skylights, especially when cooking or showering, and avoiding

Dead whale in Philippines had 40 kg of plastic in stomach

A starving whale with 40 kilos (88 pounds) of plastic trash in its stomach has died after being washed ashore in the Philippines, activists said Monday, calling it one of the worst cases of poisoning they have seen. Environmental groups have tagged the Philippines as one of the world’s biggest

Building on nature: Scientists improve on a plastic-digesting enzyme to stem plastic waste

Plastic products are a considerable part of modern civilization, but disposing of them is one of today’s greatest environmental problems. A research team at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute reported, in a study published in the journal Biochemistry, how they found the means to improve a natural enzyme’s ability to decompose plastic, offering the possibility of

Scientists improve on a plastic-digesting enzyme to stem plastic waste

Plastic products are a considerable part of modern civilization, but disposing of them is one of today’s greatest environmental problems. A research team at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute reported, in a study published in the journal Biochemistry, how they found the means to improve a natural enzyme’s ability to decompose plastic, offering the possibility of