Almost every single piece of plastic ever made still exists. As an alternative to the traditional plastics, we are hearing a new term more and more often - bioplastics. Are bioplastics better? Dr. Maia McGuire answered this question in the last ... READ MORE
Water Wednesdays in September will feature Microplastics.
Microplastics include plastic particles with an upper size limit of 5 mm (0.2 inch). They come from a variety of sources. If you missed the talk on Sept. 9, here is your ... READ MORE
Some plastic products are labeled as “biodegradable,” “environmentally-friendly,” or “compostable.” All of these terms imply that the product will have a minimal or no negative impact on the environment. Unfortunately, the public ... READ MORE
It is particularly difficult to try and reduce the amount of waste that we generate during holidays, reunions, or other “events.” Most things that we buy, from food to decorations to gift items come in packaging that must be disposed of. ... READ MORE
Many people will be entertaining or being entertained by friends and/or family over the next couple of months. It is particularly challenging to try and reduce the amount of waste that we generate during holidays. Most things that we buy, from ... READ MORE
For the third year, the Florida Microplastic Awareness Project promoted the month of September as Microplastic Awareness Month. Around the state, there were various educational activities designed to help teach people about the problems with ... READ MORE
World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5 and World Oceans Day is June 8. In 2018, the theme for both days is the same: reducing plastic pollution. UF/IFAS Extension's Florida Microplastic Awareness Project has a pledge that people are encouraged ... READ MORE
A growing trend in plastic production is using plants as the source material for bioplastics. However, bioplastics are not necessarily more environmentally-friendly than traditional petroleum-based plastics.
What are the differences?
Most ... READ MORE
This March, I spent a week in San Diego, CA with about 700 people talking about trash. Primarily the talk was about trash in the ocean. Most of the conversations centered around plastic. I was attending the 6th International Marine Debris Conference, ... READ MORE
It is estimated that in the year 2010 alone, eight million metric tons of plastic waste entered the ocean. This is a result of improper waste management, but also reflects the increasing amount of single-use plastic in our society. Since the ... READ MORE