Combatting Plastic Pollution in China

China, a country in East Asia with a population of 1.4 billion, produces the most amount of plastic waste each year. The high population density of major cities and popularity of takeaway and online shopping which uses plastic packaging have contributed to this problem. Read on to find out what they’re doing to reduce thisContinue reading “Combatting Plastic Pollution in China”

To Drink, or Not to Drink… Paper vs. Plastic Straws

Picture in your mind a to go cup or soda from a fast food restaurant. Chances are, you pictured three things: a plastic cup, a plastic lid, and, last but not least, a plastic straw. While it might not seem like something as small as a plastic straw can hurt the environment, they can actuallyContinue reading “To Drink, or Not to Drink… Paper vs. Plastic Straws”

Notable International Activism – Australia

The Australian Institute of Marine Science is currently taking action to protect species who are put at risk by plastic pollution by identifying areas which are important for the survival of organisms (breeding and migration). Based on their assessments, they have begun to generate technological solutions to monitor the population in these areas and protectContinue reading “Notable International Activism – Australia”

Sea Turtles and Ocean Pollution

Did you know that sea turtles have lived on Earth for about 110 million years? That means that they were around when dinosaurs like the T-rex were walking the Earth. To put that into perspective, the very first human ancestors only appeared about 6 million years ago– so sea turtles have lived on Earth forContinue reading “Sea Turtles and Ocean Pollution”

The Problem with Plastic – The Great Pacific Garbage Patch and Biodegradability

Plastic is everywhere in our world. We use it for utensils, bottles, and even in the screens of our electronics. Plastic is an incredibly useful material, but it has a major problem. It’s not biodegradable.   Something is biodegradable if it can be decomposed, or broken down by living things like bacteria until it can beContinue reading “The Problem with Plastic – The Great Pacific Garbage Patch and Biodegradability”