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Plastic Innovations Need to be Fostered

By Doug Woodring

- Published on August 17, 2018 by Green Biz

Plastic pollution in waterways and coastlines is an overall system failure of how we design, use and dispose of materials. The myriad of lightweight, durable plastics makes it incredibly hard to recover and sort these resources into usable quantities of similar polymer types. This reduces its embedded value and incentive for collection. The lack of localized recycling facilities in smaller cities, municipalities and rural areas exacerbates low recycling rates. By not having even basic recycling systems and relatively simple equipment in place, the opportunity to create value from our waste is lost.

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Plastic Innovations Need to be Fostered
Reading the Tea Leaves with Disposable Plastic

By Doug Woodring

- Published on June 22, 2018 by EcoBusiness

On a daily basis, more people are impacted by trash and dirty water than by climate change. This is not to say that one problem is bigger than the other, but plastic pollution is one of the more complicated issues to solve as it is so widely dispersed. Dirty water from trash impacts drinking water, hygiene, disease, tourism, and air pollution from open-pit burning of trash. It also impacts fishing, agriculture, maritime transport, and ecosystems on land and water, and the carrying of toxicity in broken-up micro plastic, which has entered the human food chain.

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Reading the Tea Leaves with Disposable Plastic
Plastic, China, and Going Circular

By Doug Woodring

- Published on June 14, 2016 by China Water Risk

China is moving towards a circular economy for plastic, so let’s fast forward to a slowing economy in China, but one that is rapidly modernizing its methods of production, building new sectors that are leading in innovation, and even becoming robotic. Its resources are stretched, but now oil prices are low and are likely to stay that way for some time due to the decentralized oil pricing that fracking has brought to the equation, as well as the economies of scale that are now unfolding in the space of renewables, batteries, electric cars and the movement of smart money away from carbon-focused entities.

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Plastic, China, and Going Circular
Hong Kong's Plastic Waste Epidemic

By Mark Sharp

- Published on May 10, 2016 by South China Morning Post

Up to 2,000 tonnes of plastic is discarded in the city every day, and without adequate means to process it a lot ends up in the sea, from where it makes its way into the human food chain. A non-profit organization is helping Hong Kong businesses adopt better practices.

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Hong Kong's Plastic Waste Epidemic
 

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