The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is greater than we ever thought. And by greater, I mean worse.
There’s a new trend sweeping the nation—the world actually—and it’s called plogging. No, not blogging on platforms (that “plogging” came and went three years ago) but running while picking up trash. Plogging comes from the Swedish phrase “plocka upp,” which means to pick up, and publications from The Washington Post…
Electronic devices are getting cheaper and global incomes are rising. That would seem like good news, and it is, except for the 44.7 million metric tonnes of electronic waste these factors helped create in 2016 alone—the equivalent in weight to 4,500 Eiffel Towers. According to a United Nations-backed report released…
Adam Turnbull, a Canadian fisherman, recently caught a fish that was badly in need of help, having spent a lifetime being strangled by human garbage.
You might think you were born in Duluth, or Detroit, or some sleepy suburb on Long Island—but let me tell you, friend, you’re wrong. In a sense, we were all spawned on a tiny island full of trash, floating miserably far, far out there. Only now are we beginning to understand the horrifying gravity of what our garbage…
Like most of Colin Furze’s creations, the Stomp O Matic trash compactor almost ends up self-destructing in a ball of flames. But not before it successfully takes care of one of the grossest chores on anyone’s to-do list: stomping down the garbage in your trashcan can so you can squeeze even more garbage into it.
In the 80s and 90s, the 911 system in the US became overloaded with people calling to report things like wayward couches and double-parked cars—not emergencies, yet situations where city officials could help. In 1996, Baltimore successfully tested a system that diverted these requests to a separate number. In 1997,…
It won’t be long now. In just a few short months, the long-standing debate—space harpoon versus giant butterfly net—will finally be settled by a good old-fashioned space trash collection contest. We’ve got ourselves a barn-burner here, folks.
Visitors to Hong Kong’s beaches have taken to various social media channels to voice their outrage about the current state of the region’s beaches. Judging by the accompanying photos, they look more like trash oases than relaxing paradises.
Here’s a great way to enrage the Apple fans in your life whom put all of the company’s creations on a pedestal. Imgur user hahabird converted the shell from a classic 1986 Macintosh Plus into a garbage can, complete with a spring-loaded screen flap.
Humans clearly have a trash problem on Earth, but our track record isn’t that much better in outer space, where tens of thousands of stray debris fragments whip around the planet at rip-roaring speeds, posing a very serious danger to astronauts and satellites.
A recent credible study suggests the amount of waste Americans dispose in landfills each year is over twice what the EPA had been estimating.
A new study on seabirds has come to a disturbing conclusion: Their bellies are filled with plastic. Up to 90% of marine birds alive today may have ingested plastic, and by 2050, that number could be as high as 95%.
I had just decided that the sanitation trucks which come rumbling down my street at dawn—spewing diesel, making my house shudder, flinging the occasional recycling bin across the street with their robot arms—are a necessary nuisance for a city dweller. Until I saw this trash collection service that uses horse-drawn…
New York City is great at a lot of things. Walking! Skyscrapers! Pizza! And according to a new study on the world’s megacities, NYC can add one more thing to its list of things it excels at: Trash!
Landfills, E-waste piles, and ocean garbage patches are a part of our world we’d rather not see, but these eyesores aren’t going away. Rather than simply accept that our planet is being swallowed by garbage, one artist has started turning this discarded junk into something beautiful.
Recycling is not just a nice thing that hippies do anymore. Recycling is a business—a massive one whose wheels are greased by money, money, and more money. Nowhere is this more apparent right now than in the recycled plastic market, where prices have plunged 50 percent in just six months.
The frenetic editing of this video highlights the out of the box thinking that enabled Mac Premo and Sanford Shapes to create skateboards out of trash. It's a fun story that resulted in them repurposing leftover plastic buckets into perfectly awesome skateboard decks. The materials all come from the dumpster.