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Thank you!

Pictured above are some of the great people behind the amazing builds at U-Pak.  Thank you for your hard work.

Can Carbon Capture making Flying more Sustainable?

IT’S THE TIME of year to set goals, and United Airlines recently announced a lofty one. The carrier plans to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. How? In part by backing a technology called direct air capture, which sucks carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Humans spew more than 44 billion tons of CO2 into the atmosphere every…

New Study in The Publication Nature finds Compostable Coffee Pods a Superior Alternative to Plastic Pods

Recently, the esteemed academic journal Nature, published a study by University of Tennessee – Knoxville, which undertook a Life Cycle Assessment of compostable coffee pods. This study specifically examined the economic and environmental viability of compostable pods, relative to more conventional alternatives made from plastics. The study found that compostable coffee pods readily broke down when included…

Giant ‘Vacuum Cleaner’ Leaves Beaches Microplastic-Free

Conservationist group #SeaTheBiggerPicture Ocean Initiative (#STBP) and engineers from Matriarch Generic Engineering have developed a giant vacuum cleaner that picks up trash and sieves out microplastics from the beaches of Cape Town in South Africa. Called the Enviro Buggy, it sieve out microplastics, pieces of plastic that have broken down and now are smaller than 5mm, from…

Where Will Your Plastic Trash Go Now That China Doesn’t Want It?

It’s a sign of a new global quandary: What should wealthy countries do with their plastic waste now that China no longer is buying it? Meanwhile, shipments of plastic waste to other Southeast Asian countries have skyrocketed. Exports from the U.S. to Thailand jumped almost 7,000 percent in one year. Malaysia’s went up several hundred…

How recycling is changing in all 50 states

Waste Dive began tracking the effects of China’s scrap import policies across all 50 states (and the District of Columbia) during Nov. 2017 in honor of America Recycles Day. Since then, a host of other foreign and domestic changes have spurred ongoing ripple effects that will continue for years to come. Click here to view…

The plastics issue we seem to ignore

Giant petrochemical companies have announced a wealthy alliance to tackle plastic pollution. But there’s STILL little talk of scaling back production to help the environment.  Over 8.3 billion tons of plastic we’ve churned out to date, 91 percent has not been recycled. According to a 2016 report by the World Economic Forum, we’re on track to quadruple our total…

Taiwan has one of the highest recycling rates in the world!

“Over the past decade, we have experimented on over 1,200 different waste materials to figure out their mechanical properties,” says Huang as he sips a coffee from a cup made of broken iPhone screens. “Polli-Brick is just one success out of a myriad of trials and errors.” A 40-year-old structural engineer and architect, Huang, the…