What can sea turtles tell us about the plastics in our oceans?

Some of our best insight into the types of plastic litter in the ocean comes from examining what is ingested by sea turtles. Recent research looks at how the composition of plastic waste changes with ocean depth, as informed by the eating patterns of sea turtles.

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Recycling Old Cell Phones to Benefit Gorillas

Do you have an old cell phone at home that is simply sitting in a drawer collecting dust? In fact, roughly eighty percent of us do. While there are many reasons we may feel the need to hang onto our relic devices, there are important reasons to recycle them. One reason is our phones contain valuable materials that are finite in nature. As we continue to mine for these materials, we lose habitat and endanger wildlife. One program in Australia worked to collect cell phones over a six year period, highlighting the importance of recycling efforts while bringing awareness to how recycling can help species, like gorillas, to survive.

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Disposal Method Matters: The Truth Behind Biodegradable Plastics

Biodegradable plastics are being introduced as a solution to the buildup of plastics in the environment, and they are often touted as being an environmentally-friendly option. However, they come with their own complications. Researchers have investigated how specific biodegradable plastics break down (or don’t) in different environments, showing that how they are disposed of makes a big difference in how environmentally-friendly they are.

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Do you know where your electronic waste is going?

Think of all the electronic devices you’ve owned within your lifetime. As technology advances, it’s always exciting to get the new, latest and greatest. Once you upgrade to the newest technology it is easy to discard and forget about your former belongings. But what happens to these discarded items? Electronic waste contains hazardous materials that need to be properly disposed of, but this is not always the case as its safe disposal can be complicated. Monitour is an electronic waste transparency project that takes aim at tracking illegal and previously hidden international electronic waste export routes.

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