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Polystyrene, a widely used plastic, lets in sunlight much faster than expected

According to some international governmental agencies, polystyrene remains in the environment for thousands of years. This estimate is based on the time microbes take to break down the plastic. Now researchers have challenged this common assumption by stating that sunlight can degrade polystyrene over a much shorter period of decades to centuries. They report their findings in Environmental Science & …

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Scientists thought it took thousands of years for plastic to disintegrate – it could only take decades

Polystyrene pollution at tidal edge. Photo credit: Jayne Doucette, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution A study published by researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) shows that polystyrene can be broken down into one of the world's most ubiquitous plastics that can be mined in decades or centuries instead of thousands of years, as previously thought. The study was published …

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UTOPIA? California bans tiny plastic shampoo bottles in hotels as the homeless crisis deepens

The state of California introduced a new set of rules for the hospitality industry this week. Ban on the use of small disposable plastic bottles, which are usually distributed to guests in national chains and hotels. "Californian governor Gavin Newsom (D) announced Wednesday that he has signed laws prohibiting the distribution of plastic bottles to guests filled with plastic in …

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The largest source of plastic in our fresh water is laundry lint / Boing Boing

On average, you consume between 74,000 and 121,000 microscopic pieces of plastic every year. Probably much more. Where does it come from? According to Penn State chemist Sherry Mason, 60 percent of the microplastics in our freshwater comes from laundry lint making wastewater treatment plants. From American Scientist: As we clean our clothing, sheets, and towels, tiny threads-commonly called microfibers-break …

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The Ocean Cleanup study shows how plastic gets into the Pacific Garbage Patch

The oceans accumulate approximately 8.8 million tonnes of plastic every year, but it is estimated that only about 270,000 tonnes float on the sea surface. For years, most scientists have believed that after entering the ocean, the "missing" plastic quickly decomposes and breaks down into microplastics – tiny fragments that are less than 5 millimeters long. These tiny pieces then …

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Did Khloe Kardashian undergo plastic surgery?

When fans talk about the Kardashians, the topic of plastic surgery often crops up. While all Kardashian-Jenner sisters have changed dramatically over the years, there is one particular sister who has definitely undergone the most dramatic change. Khloe Kardashian | Lisa Maree Williams / Getty Images Khloe Kardashian is the host of Revenge Body and the funniest sister of Keeping …

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Dead body of a 10-year-old girl from Indiana missing for days in plastic bag found in the shed, stepmother arrested

A 10-year-old girl from Indiana, whose disappearance triggered days of police and volunteer searches, was found dead Wednesday in a plastic garbage bag in a shed behind her house. Her stepmother was arrested for allegedly being killed. ] Amanda Carmack, 34, was the first person to report her stepdaughter Skylea Rayn Carmack, who was missing Saturday night, told Tim Eckstein, …

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Multidecadal increase of plastic particles in coastal ocean sediments

Abstract We analyzed coastal sediments of the Santa Barbara Basin, California, for historical changes in microplastic deposition with a box core that extended over the years 1834-2009. The sediment was visually sorted by plastic and a subset confirmed as plastic polymers by FTIR spectroscopy (Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy). After correcting contaminants introduced during sample processing, we noted an exponential increase …

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Marriott says it's done with tiny plastic toilet bottles

Marriott International, the world's largest hotel chain, refrains from miniature toiletries to become more environmentally friendly. (Marriot International) The world's largest hotel chain is checking out of the tiny toiletries game. Marriott International announced Wednesday that miniature bottles of shampoo, conditioner and bath gel should be phased out to favor larger bottles The company estimates that by December 2020, 1.7 …

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Has Kendall Jenner Ever Had Plastic Surgery?

The Kardashians do not always publicize when they are doing work on their own, but they have not been too shy about it. Fans knew there was no chance Kylie Jenner's lips were natural, and Kim Kardashian has admitted to getting fillers throughout her entire face. Kendall Jenner. Has Jenner ever had plastic surgery? Kendall Jenner | David M. Benett …

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