National Geographic’s Iceberg of Plastic

“16 billion pounds of plastic ends up in the ocean each year. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg,” reads the June 2018 cover of National Geographic. The text is set upon Mexican artist Jorge Gamboa’s clever, captivating image (titled “Iceberg Plástico,” and winner of Bolivia’s Biennial of Poster in 2017) of an iceberg-resembling plastic bag. Aside from the fact that it’s a magazine …

Winning Proposals For Plastic Replacement

With ideas varying from renewable materials composed of agricultural by-products and food waste to magnetic additives and compostable organic layering, five concepts were each awarded $200,000 to enable them to enter a 12-month accelerator program. The goal: develop plastic alternatives. The winners of this Circular Materials Challenge were announced at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. It’s one portion of the Ellen MacArthur …

Mealworms Might Be The Solution to Growing Landfills

An unlikely hero has been identified in the fight against the world’s growing landfill problem. As it turns out, mealworms (the crawly larvae found in many science classrooms) can safely and effectively digest styrofoam—the pervasive takeout container material found in countless restaurants. The discovery comes as a surprise to scientists, many of whom are now optimistic that a marine version of the mealworm exists—possibly leading …