Sugarcane Straws

An eco-friendly alternative to plastic, EQUO’s Sugarcane straws prove themselves to be robust compared with many other options that disintegrate after becoming soggy. Available in two-packs of 50 straws each, the sweet-smelling (yet flavor-free) straws are made from small-farm-sourced sugarcane harvested through sustainability initiatives in Ben Tre, Vietnam. They are 100% compostable and biodegradable and are chemical- and coating-free. EQUO straws are available now through …

Mutant Enzyme Breaks Down Plastic in Hours

New research published by French scientists in the journal Nature addresses their discovery and manipulation of a mutant bacterial enzyme that can break down PET plastic into raw materials in a matter of hours. After optimization experiments, Carbios (the organization behind the discovery) broke down one metric ton of waste by 90% in 10 hours. Their scientists then used that material to create new premium plastic …

Farewell to the Plastic Bags of NYC

While the single-use plastic bag ban in New York (instated 1 March) is undeniably necessary, the bags’ kitsch designs have become synonymous with the city. Graphic designer Sho Shibuya collected more than 200 different types of bags over several years and photographed some of his favorite designs, sharing them with The New York Times. “In treasuring things other people consider trash, Shibuya cites a Shinto …