DailyDirt: There's A Great Future In Plastics

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Plastics are incredibly useful materials. Unfortunately, being extremely durable also means plastics are annoyingly persistent in the environment as pollution. Less than 10% of plastic gets recycled, so the rest either ends up in landfills -- or floats into waterways to the ocean. We'll probably figure out some way to make use of landfill materials someday, but it'll be much harder to clean up the oceans if we continue at the rate we're going. After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.
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Filed Under: biodegradable plastic, cleanup, garbage, landfill, materials, mealworm, ocean gyre, plastics, pollution, recycling, styrofoam, waxworm


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  1. identicon
    Pixelation, 25 Jan 2016 @ 6:06pm

    New reefs

    I'm thinking we need to genetically modify coral to use plastic instead of calcium.

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  2. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 25 Jan 2016 @ 7:15pm

    hopefully no one will get the bright idea of...


    But didn't you just get that idea? Oops.

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    Yawgmoth, 25 Jan 2016 @ 9:38pm

    Re:

    Too late. Already been done. They're called Graboids! WE NEED TO CALL BURT GUMMER

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    Jeffrey Nonken (profile), 26 Jan 2016 @ 1:47am

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    JoeCool (profile), 26 Jan 2016 @ 10:55am

    Every so often, there's some optimistic kid who thinks there's a tech solution for cleaning up the ocean's garbage. However, it's probably better to tackle the root causes and stop polluting -- rather than trying to track down literally billions of pounds of plastic floating all over the ocean.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n5E7feJHw0

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    nasch (profile), 26 Jan 2016 @ 10:57am

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    Not to mention - even if we stopped spewing plastic everywhere, that would still leave billions of pounds of it in the oceans, so trying to figure out how to clean that up is a great idea.

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    Anonymous Coward, 26 Jan 2016 @ 1:39pm

    The planet has had it, might as well go full retard...

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