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California aims to ban recycling symbols on things that aren’t recyclable

The well-known three-arrows symbol doesn’t necessarily mean that a product is actually recyclable. A new bill would limit the products allowed to feature the mark.
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Maine will make companies pay for recycling. Here’s how it works.

The law aims to take the cost burden of recycling away from taxpayers. One environmental advocate said the change could be “transformative.”
Plastic Pollution

Building a more sustainable car, from headlamp to tailpipe

Vehicle makers shy away from traditional materials that are hard to recycle, like leather and plastics, and look to repurpose alternatives that still convey quality.
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Toxics

Packaging generates a lot of waste – now Maine and Oregon want manufacturers to foot the bill for getting rid of it

Maine and Oregon have enacted laws that require makers of consumer product packaging to pay for recycling or disposing of it. Will other states follow?
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Toxics

Opinion: If we stop burning fossil fuels, will we end up with more plastic and toxic chemicals?

Shifting away from using fossil fuels for energy is essential for our climate future, but if we aren't careful we may unintentionally encourage a shift that is also unsafe and unsustainable.

Toxics

Fully recyclable paper cups? They exist, but you won’t find them at Starbucks

A new campaign draws attention to the fact that Starbucks cups are not truly recyclable due to a coating of polyethylene plastic on the inside of the cup.

Toxics

WATCH: From fast fashion to circular economy

Large-scale clothing production makes fashion cheaper and more accessible, but the process is devastating for the environment. A circular economy model can help curb the damage of the fast fashion industry.
Toxics

4 ways to make solar panels more sustainable

Solar panels provide the largest and cheapest source of renewable energy. But there is still room to reduce the high emissions created when building solar power infrastructure.
Climate

Taking water conservation to a new level

Water recycling in office buildings is seen as a promising sustainability effort, as well as a smart hedge against rising costs and future shortages.
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Toxics

Belgium and Germany deal with ‘unimaginable’ piles of post-flood trash

The push is to get rid of the garbage as fast as possible, even if that means not following the niceties of recycling regulations.
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Toxics

Maine will make companies pay for recycling. Here's how it works

The law aims to take the cost burden of recycling away from taxpayers. One environmental advocate said the change could be “transformative.”
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Toxics

Make profit, not pollution: How businesses turn trash into cash

A lifetime of indiscriminate disposal of plastics can be detrimental to the ocean, marine life and landfills that could leak toxic pollutants to food and water systems.

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Toxics

Study suggests bacteria in cow’s stomach can break down plastic

Scientists find micro-organisms from the bovine stomach have ability to degrade polyesters in lab setting.

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Toxics

Plastic recycling could be more dangerous than you think

Efforts to end plastic pollution with recycling could leave people — and the environment — laden with poisonous chemicals, a new study has found. 
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Alabama PFAS manufacturing plant creates the climate pollution of 125,000 cars

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Weaponization of water in South Asia

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Global action on harmful PFAS chemicals is long overdue: Study

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