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A woman squats on a beach and holds a rock close to her face.

Science & Tech

The puzzle of plastic: Turning to science to solve our recycling dilemma

Environmental entrepreneur Miranda Wang turns to science to seek profitable solutions to the problem of what to do with our mountains of plastic waste

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Science & Tech

London, Ont., launches project to collect hard-to-recycle plastics

Pilot program will recycle single-use plastics such as candy wrappers, foam containers, plastic straws and stir sticks

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Array of single-use plastics arranged by colour

Environment

11 Earth-friendly alternatives to common plastic items around the house

Want to cut down on household plastic waste? Start with these alternatives to everyday items in your kitchen and bathroom.

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Ross in the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre analyzing water samples. Credit is: Steven Hargreaves

Environment

A marine mammal toxicologist weighs in on the microplastics crisis

Peter Ross, vice-president of research at Ocean Wise, explains his work on marine microplastic pollution and why we all have a role to play in combating it 

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A glass teacup filled with tea, with teabag still in

Science & Tech

Care for some plastic with your tea?

New research shows that plastic teabags leach huge amounts of microplastic particles during the brewing process

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plastic pollution

Environment

Plastics are everywhere — even in us

A recent European study found microplastics in the stools of healthy individuals, suggesting that plastics have spread throughout the food chain

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