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Before You Flush Your Contact Lenses, You Might Want to Know This

Sun, 08/19/2018 - 03:00
Flushing disposable contacts down the toilet or washing them down the drain may contribute to the problem of microplastic pollution, researchers said.

The Conflict of Interest That Is Killing Recycling

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 09:59
Some of the biggest recycling operations are owned by landfill companies whose profits improve when recycling doesn’t work well.

Designing the Death of a Plastic

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 13:47
Decades ago, synthetic polymers became popular because they were cheap and durable. Now, scientists are creating material that self-destructs or breaks down for reuse on command.

From the Sky to Your Home, Plane Parts Get a Second Life

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 03:00
While the average jet’s life span is 25 years, a stunning array of art and functional objects made from their remains can be useful far, far longer.

Trash Disposal Needs Design?

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 08:00
A new exhibition looks at how buildings can make recycling easier.