Today’s Solutions: June 13, 2024

This plastic-free recyclable c

This plastic-free recyclable cooler uses wool to keep things cool

While it is an effective insulation material, the polyurethane foam typically used in coolers is difficult to recycle, involves harmful chemicals in its production, and releases noxious gases during decomposition. All of these environmental setbacks are what has prompted a startup, called Wool Read More...

This innovative plant proves t

This innovative plant proves that polystyrene isn't impossible to recycle after all

Did you know that styrene naturally occurs in foods like strawberries and cinnamon? It’s only when it’s combined with other chemicals to create packaging and foam insulation to protect fragile items in transit does it become polystyrene — that white, staticky, and virtually Read More...

Chile’s single-use plast

Chile's single-use plastic ban will cut over 23,000 tons of waste annually

In a major win for environmentalists and marine ecosystems, Chile has passed a plastic regulation bill that would cut the country’s plastic waste by over 23,000 tons per year. Among other things, the new law will take aim at reducing plastic waste in the food industry and will also introduce a Read More...

This biodegradable alternative

This biodegradable alternative to Styrofoam is made from discarded paper

As it’s non-biodegradable and a pain to recycle, Styrofoam packaging is one of the most pernicious types of plastic pollution. But thanks to an eco-friendly alternative developed by a group of scientists from Germany, it may not be long until the outdated plastic material becomes a thing of the Read More...

Costa Rica is giving Styrofoam

Costa Rica is giving Styrofoam containers the boot

From making incredible progress in curbing deforestation to setting some of the most ambitious carbon goals, Costa Rica has long been on the forefront in the fight against climate change. Now, the country has made yet another bold step towards protecting the environment by passing legislation Read More...

Scientists have come up with a

Scientists have come up with a plant-based alternative to Styrofoam

Of all the types of waste that pollute our planet, styrofoam is one of the absolute worst. That’s because unlike many types of waste that take decades or even centuries to degrade, styrofoam never degrades. And to make matters worse, it’s made out of petroleum and creates pollution when Read More...

These eco-friendly drink coole

These eco-friendly drink coolers are made using recycled tree pulp

Cheap drink coolers get the job done if you just want to keep a couple of drinks cold, but most of the times they end up in landfills, where they can take hundreds of years to break down. Now, thanks to cooler company Igloo, we are one step closer to ditching harmful polystyrene coolers. The Read More...

Maine becomes first state in t

Maine becomes first state in the US to ban environmentally-harmful Styrofoam

Like all plastics, Styrofoam, or polystyrene, stays around in the environment for hundreds of years. But it's particularly noxious because its light weight makes it liable to be carried by wind and water into the ocean, where it breaks down into micro-plastics that eventually make their way into Read More...