Four technologies tackling the problem of plastic pollution in rivers

Most ocean plastic starts off in rivers. From bubble curtains to googly-eyed trash wheels, here are four technologies designed to intercept river plastic before it gets to the sea. Last month The Ocean Cleanup turned its attention to river plastic and launched the Interceptor, a floating device it claims can harvest up to 100,000 kilograms […]

Enis Akiev makes marbled tiles from post-consumer plastic waste

Kazakhstani designer Enis Akiev has developed a method for turning single-use plastic packaging into tiles, by emulating the organic process of rock formation. Metamorphic rocks such as marble develop their flowing, irregular patterns through heat and pressure, and Akiev’s Plastic Stone Tiles are subjected to similar conditions to achieve the same effect. “First, I collect […]

UK student’s fish-waste bioplastic MarinaTex wins 2019 James Dyson Award top prize

An easily biodegradable material that could be “part of a global answer” to single-use plastic pollution has won its inventor, British designer Lucy Hughes, the international James Dyson Award. Hughes’ MarinaTex bioplastic is strong, translucent and flexible, making it a possible alternative for single-use packaging such as bags and sandwich wrappers. Unlike current materials used […]

Charlotte McCurdy creates “carbon-negative” raincoat from algae bioplastic

New York designer Charlotte McCurdy has fashioned a water-resistant jacket from a plastic made of algae, which captures existing CO2 from the atmosphere. The garment is made from a bioplastic material McCurdy developed that consists entirely of biopolymers derived from algae. “The jacket is carbon-negative because it is made of marine macro-algae that expands our […]

The Ocean Cleanup launches system to catch plastic waste in rivers

Dutch non-profit The Ocean Cleanup has launched the Interceptor, an autonomous system for collecting plastic pollution from rivers before it reaches the sea. The organisation said the solar-powered system would augment its ongoing efforts to remove marine plastic waste from the oceans. “To truly rid the oceans of plastic, we need to both clean up […]

Dorian Renard blows plastic like glass for a collection that reconsiders the material’s value

French designer Dorian Renard has applied traditional glassblowing techniques to a series of plastic furniture and sculptural pieces, in a bid to present the maligned material in a new light. Each of the 14 items in the collection was created entirely from plastic sheets or tubes, which were melted and blown to create warped, undulating […]

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 […]

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