WATCH: The search for plastics alternatives

As waste piles up, a number of companies are exploring alternatives to single-use plastics, experimenting with everything from mushroom packaging to advanced fibers to plastics-free grocery stores. But it may take serious legislative efforts to incentive adoption and slow the rise of the industry overall.

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When meat plants shutter, what happens to market-ready animals?

With meat packing plants closed, the end for hundreds of thousands of pigs is likely to arrive in an orgy of waste that turns the stomachs of even the most pragmatic.


Germany produces record amount of packaging waste

Despite good recycling habits, Germans get through a quarter ton of packaging per person each year.


What happens to nuclear waste from power plants?

African countries looking to invest in nuclear energy as a source of clean electricity should consider Europe's struggles with disposing of radioactive waste.

US, critics split on whether tech made nuke shipments safer

The U.S. government insists it has the technology to safely ship nuclear waste by truck and train across the country despite concerns from watchdogs.


Manure injection passes the smell test as a best management practice

After decades of experimentation and false starts, injecting liquid manure into the ground, rather than on top of it, is gaining traction among mainstream farmers.


Cambodia’s islands are under threat. This woman aims to save them.

Decades of overfishing and indiscriminate waste disposal have taken a deep toll on Cambodia’s coastal and island communities.

Moving to clean household fuels would dramatically improve India's air

Change in just one activity would bring India to the national standard. This would involve moving from biomass in household fuels to clean fuels. Household fuels are the biggest contributor to outdoor air pollution in India.


Belle Vernon sewage plant to stop accepting contaminated landfill runoff

Belle Vernon Municipal Authority ends treatment contract with landfill because of problems caused by shale gas drilling waste runoff.

Scientists around the world are working to turn agricultural waste into food, packaging and more

As concern about waste grows, researchers and commercial partners around the world are working to turn what's now being left behind or burned into new, useful products.


Coca-Cola most common source of packaging pollution on UK beaches

Soft-drink brand's products make up nearly 12% of litter found, says Surfers Against Sewage.


Flushable wipes clogging up Miami-Dade sewer system

Those single-use flushable wipes are popular, but are they causing an even bigger mess? The answer is yes if you ask officials at the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department who say those wipes marketed as flushable are clogging our sewer systems.

Waste not - if you want to help secure the future of the planet

Companies are experimenting with new definitions of waste and new ways of disposing of it - or avoiding the creation of it altogether.


Living off the grid and safe from hurricanes in Puerto Rico

In this jungle community, self-sustaining homes are built from trash and can withstand the deadliest storms.
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Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

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Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

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