Fish scale bioplastic wins UK James Dyson Award for student design

University of Sussex graduate Lucy Hughes used fish waste to create MarinaTex, a compostable alternative to single-use plastic that has won her this year’s UK James Dyson Award. MarinaTex is made from fish scales and skin — waste products that would usually be buried in landfill or incinerated. It is translucent and flexible, making it […]

UK government moves to end “vague and misleading” bioplastic terminology

The UK government has called for experts to help it develop standards for bioplastics and biodegradable plastics, amid rising concern over greenwashing. The government has published a document seeking evidence on potential “demand, benefits, and implications of standards for bio-based and biodegradable plastics”. The call is set out in a paper, called Standards for bio-based, […]

Cubitts makes Redux glasses from waste materials including human hair and potatoes

Corn husks, wool and yoghurt pots are some of the materials used in a series of experimental spectacles by British eyewear brand Cubitts. London-based Cubitts is exploring more sustainable forms of manufacturing with Redux, a collection of 10 one-off frames each made from a different waste material. The range includes recycled plastics and bioplastics, with designs […]

Plastic collected by The Ocean Cleanup will be burned to generate electricity

Dutch non-profit The Ocean Cleanup plans to burn some of the plastic it collects from the Pacific Ocean, Dezeen has learned. Designers and environmentalists say the move “makes no sense”. The organisation told Dezeen that most of the plastic it harvests with its floating rigs will be recycled, with the remainder burned in waste-to-power plants. […]

“I don’t believe we’re going to clean up the oceans” says Parley for the Oceans founder Cyrill Gutsch

Eliminating plastic from the seas is not possible and instead new materials need to be developed to replace plastic, according to the founder of Parley for the Oceans. Cyrill Gutsch, who founded the organisation to tackle ocean pollution, made the claim in an exclusive interview with Dezeen. “To be very honest, I don’t believe that […]

Bottle recycling scheme in Rome exchanges plastic waste for metro rides

Rome is trialling a scheme where people can recycle plastic bottles in return for free rides on the city’s public transport system. Called + Ricicli + Viaggi, or + Recycle + Travel, the recycling scheme accepts PET plastic bottles which are collected and sent for processing. Machines at three metro stations in the city exchange […]

Lapee female urinal designed to reduce festival loo queues

Gina Périer and Alexander Egebjerg have designed an industrial-standard female toilet for festivals and outdoor events that allows people to pee sitting down quickly and safely. Named Lapee, the pink plastic structure has three urinals arranged in a spiral, with curving back rests that provide privacy while allowing the user to remain aware of their surroundings. Périer […]

The Ocean Cleanup redeployed to tackle Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The floating Ocean Cleanup device has been upgraded and returned to sea in a second attempt to catch the mass of plastic waste circulating in the Pacific Ocean. After being installed at the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) in September last year, the system – nicknamed Wilson – broke down in January 2019 after […]

Useless is a digital directory for London’s zero-waste shops

Ethical creative agency Nice and Serious has developed an online platform that directs Londoners to their closest zero-waste shops and offers tips on how to reduce your reliance on plastics. Useless is described by its creators as “London’s first digital directory that is dedicated exclusively to showcasing the capital’s zero-waste shops”. The website features an […]

PearsonLloyd uses as little material as possible on Kin chair collection

London studio PearsonLloyd has unveiled a family of mono-shell seats that are designed to be as simple as possible without losing sturdiness. Characterised by their fluid lines, the Kin collection is made up of plastic chairs and stools that come in eight bold colours. The range is being produced by Allermuir, a brand that PearsonLloyd […]

This week, plastic waste was back in the spotlight

This week on Dezeen, the impact of plastic on the environment was yet again a talking point, as the London Marathon gave out drinks in edible seaweed capsules and a study revealed the truth behind biodegradable bags. On Sunday, over 30,000 biodegradable Ooho capsules were handed out to runners at the London Marathon, marking the […]

Biodegradable plastics offer “no advantage” over conventional plastics in reducing ocean pollution

Bags made of supposedly biodegradable plastics remain intact and useable three years after being dropped in the sea or buried underground, researchers have found. The study, carried out by the University of Plymouth’s International Marine Litter Research Unit and published in the journal of Environmental Science and Technology, challenges assumptions that switching to biodegradable plastics […]

PepsiCo launches drinks dispenser for refillable bottles

PepsiCo has launched a drinks machine, for offices and schools, to give its customers an alternative to using single-use plastic. The machine, which PepsiCo describes as an “integrated hydration platform”, is meant to replace a typical vending machine full of individual bottles of fizzy drink. Instead, users bring their own bottle to fill up from […]

Kelly Jazvac presents “beautiful and horrific” plastiglomerate objects at Milan Triennale

Kelly Jazvac is showing pieces of plastiglomerate at the Milan Triennale, a “warning sign” material that is a mix of molten plastic debris and beach sediment. Plastiglomerate is the result of plastic litter melting and merging with the surrounding rocks, shells, sand and other debris to form a lumpen solid sediment flecked with colour. The rock-plastic hybrid […]

Adidas unveils fully recyclable Futurecraft Loop sneaker

Adidas has launched a sneaker made from virgin plastic that can be ground up and remade again, as part of the company’s bid to mitigate the plastic crisis. The Futurecraft Loop shoe was launched 17 April by Adidas as a first step for the brand to help “get off plastic waste”. The aim was to […]

Bioplastics could be “just as bad if not worse” for the planet than fossil-fuel plastics

Bioplastics could potentially be worse for the environment than conventional plastics, according to recycling expert Arthur Huang. Switching to plastic made from plants instead of fossil fuels would require vast amounts of farmland, Huang said. This could could cause environmental problems and deprive humans of food. Huang, founder and CEO of circular-economy engineering company Miniwiz, […]

Rossana Orlandi announces winners of Ro Plastic Prize in Milan

Furniture made of recycled plastic and fabrics made from plastic bags are among winners of the Ro Plastic Prize competition. German designer Alexander Schul won the design category of the contest set up by Milanese gallerist Rossana Orlandi, which challenged designers to develop new ways of recycling and reusing plastic. Alexander Schul has made a chair, […]

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