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Pasta is the next big thing when it comes to alternative straws.

I only drank water out of pasta straws for a week, and restaurants should be using them as an alternative to plastic

The pasta straw worked surprisingly well for water, but I ran into some problems when I tried to use it with my iced coffee.
The Ocean Cleanup's Interceptor tool in the Klang River in Malaysia.

The 25-year-old trying to rid the world’s oceans of plastic just created a floating garbage truck that collects trash from rivers

The organization hopes to clean 1,000 rivers that contribute to around 80% of the ocean's plastic before the end of 2025.

An MIT researcher says we should trash all our recyclable plastic, and he’s probably right

MIT researcher Andrew McAfee says we shouldn't be wasting time recycling plastic and instead focus on better regulation and nuclear power.
Seagulls search for food near a sewage-discharge area next to piles of plastic bottles on the coast near Beirut, Lebanon, on July 19, 2018.

New research suggests we might be thinking about the ocean plastic problem all wrong — trash dumped from ships could be a major culprit

Up to 14 million tons of plastic enters the ocean annually. A study shows that dumping from ships may be the source of a lot of that pollution.
The Ocean Cleanup's improved plastic-catching device retains debris in the Pacific Ocean.

The massive plastic-cleaning device invented by a 25-year-old is finally catching trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Boyan Slat and The Ocean Cleanup said their new parachute system was finally capturing and retaining plastic in the Pacific Ocean.

A 25-year-old’s mission to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch relies on a giant plastic-cleaning device. Here’s how it works.

By acting like an arm that moves with the current, the Ocean Cleanup project's device traps plastic debris until a vessel can come tow it away.
A plastic item floats in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

A 25-year-old’s mission to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch has yielded a new discovery — and it means the plastic problem is even...

A study from the Ocean Cleanup project found that plastic that enters the ocean either is pushed back toward land or sinks below the water's surface.
Hundreds of millions of nurdles were knocked off a vessel during a typhoon in Hong Kong in 2012.

Tiny pellets called ‘nurdles’ are leeching into the ocean. A new Shell plant could produce 80 trillion of them a year.

Nurdles from a new Shell plant outside Pittsburgh can be used to make virgin-plastic items like phone cases or food packaging.
Marine life latches on to plastic adrift at sea.

A 52-year-old man is swimming through the Pacific Garbage Patch. He’s caught disgusting trash, including a toothbrush and a toilet seat.

Ben Lecomte swam across the Atlantic from Massachusetts to France in 1998. This summer, he's swimming through a vortex of trash in the Pacific.
Garbage carried by the Pacific Ocean — mostly plastic — piles up on the coast of Jakarta, Indonesia, June 21, 2019.

Scientists have created magnetic coils thinner than a human hair that could break down plastic in the ocean

There are more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean. A new type of experimental nanotech could help break down microplastics.