Linking two enzymes turns plastic-eating bacteria into super-digesters

But these bacteria won't save us: we still need to use far less plastic to save the planet

One person's techno trash is a scientist's research tool

It's hard to study plant roots, but a plastic CD case makes it easier to observe a plant's underground activities

LEGO bricks can take hundreds of years to degrade

Just because they're not single-use doesn't mean that they're great for the environment

Unlike bacteria, diatoms are picky about microplastics

And that could affect how quickly different types of these tiny plastic particles are degraded

Hermit crabs are using old bottle caps and plastic as shells — and it's killing them slowly

Around 570,000 crabs become entrapped in debris each year on the Henderson and Cocos (Keeling) islands

Good news: Canadian Arctic seals have not been eating plastics

Publishing null results helps us understand where wildlife is safe from plastic ingestion

A plastic glove being thrown in hazardous waste garbage bin.

Science has a garbage problem. Why aren't recycling schemes more popular?

Research institutions need to reflect on their attitudes toward plastic waste and make sustainability a priority in laboratories

You're eating, drinking, and breathing microplastics. Now what?

What are the health implications of eating 250 pieces of microplastic per day?

There's no corner of the globe safe from microplastic pollution

These tiny plastic pieces have now been detected on top of mountains, in the soil, and even in your honey