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Harvard University: More Ocean, Less Plastic | Anna Cummins

The problem of plastic pollution in the oceans is now a recognized threat to the health of our global marine ecosystems. We need new solutions to this ubiquitous plague. The project ‘5 Gyres’ has spent the last seven years surveying plastic pollution across the world’s subtropical gyres, oceanic systems that concentrate floating debris. The goal …

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TED: Charles Moore: Seas of plastic

This talk was held in 2009, since then, not much has happened to deal with the enormous environmental problem of plastics – unable to be broken down in nature – that accumulate in the worlds oceans. Captain Charles Moore was the man who discovered the Pacific Gyre. The vast waste of trash that swirls in …

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TED: Eben Bayer: Are mushrooms the new plastic?

Product designer Eben Bayer reveals his recipe for a new, fungus-based packaging material that protects fragile stuff like furniture, plasma screens — and the environment. This talk was held in 2010, since then, and the successful launch of its MycoFoam packaging solution, Ecovative, a New York-based biomaterials company, has successfully brought mycelium-based biomaterials to the …

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American Chemical Society: Edible, Biodegradable Food Packaging

Most foods come wrapped in plastic packaging. This type of packaging creates a lot of waste and aren’t that great at preventing spoilage. Researchers are now developing a biodegradable film made from milk proteins to hopefully solve these problems.  

LIVIN Studio: These Mushroom Mycelium ‘Eat’ Plastics

Fungi Mutarium is a prototype that grows edible fungal biomass as a novel food product. Fungi is cultivated on specifically designed agar shapes that the designers called “FU”. Agar is a seaweed based gelatin substitute and acts, mixed with starch and sugar, as a nutrient base for the fungi. The “FUs” are filled with plastics. …

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Vice: Mushroom Plastics

When we talk about mushrooms, we typically muse on any combination of three sub-strains: recreational foraging, adventures in a psychedelic Legoland, and underrated pizza toppings. But not Eben Bayer. As the toe-shoe wearing cofounder and CEO of Ecovative Design, he talks about mushrooms as if they’re the precise opposite of delicate, spore-bearing fungi that duly …

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TED: Two young scientists break down plastics with bacteria

Once it’s created, plastic (almost) never dies. While in 12th grade Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao went in search of a new bacteria to biodegrade plastic — specifically by breaking down phthalates, a harmful plasticizer. They found an answer surprisingly close to home. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances …

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TED: Our campaign to ban plastic bags in Bali | Melati and Isabel Wijsen

Plastic bags are essentially indestructible, yet they’re used and thrown away with reckless abandon. Most end up in the ocean, where they pollute the water and harm marine life; the rest are burned in garbage piles, where they release harmful dioxins into the atmosphere. Melati and Isabel Wijsen are on a mission to stop plastic …

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TEDx: Boyan Slat | How the oceans can clean themselves

18-year-old Boyan Slat combines environmentalism, entrepreneurism and technology to tackle global issues of sustainability. After diving in Greece, and coming across more plastic bags than fish, he wondered; “why can’t we clean this up?” While still being on secondary school, he then decided to dedicate half a year of research to understand plastic pollution and …

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Charles Moore: Plastic Ocean

Webcast sponsored by Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by UBC Reads Sustainability. Captain Charles Moore, a scientist and activist, discusses “The Greatest Infection of the Sea” detailed in his acclaimed new book Plastic Ocean. Learn the shocking truth about the unintended consequences of the “Age of Plastics”, how we got here, & what …

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Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao: Break down plastics with bacteria

FILMED FEB 2013 • POSTED JUL 2013 • TED2013 While in only 12th grade Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao went in search of a new bacteria to biodegrade plastic, specifically by breaking down phthalates, a harmful plasticizer. They found an answer surprisingly close to home. [KGVID width=”720″ height=”400″]http://www.ourprg.com/Video/MirandaWang_2013-480p.mp4[/KGVID]

Mike Biddle: We can recycle plastic

Less than 10% of plastic trash is recycled — compared to almost 90% of metals — because of the massively complicated problem of finding and sorting the different kinds. Frustrated by this waste, Mike Biddle has developed a cheap and incredibly energy efficient plant that can, and does, recycle any kind of plastic.