Neither banning nor recycling will rid us of Styrofoam. Can we live without it?
New polymers meant to either biodegrade or to last longer would reduce waste. So what is taking science so long to create them? Well, it's complicated.
Plastic has become ubiquitous in our home and work lives, but is a pollutant that won't break down. Mushrooms may provide a sustainable alternative.
From household plastic to industrial waste, anthropogenic activity has created compounds that poison ecosystems from water to air.
Plastic in the ocean has created an entirely new kind of rock: plastiglomerate.