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How can plastic bag addiction be cured? - BBC News
From Monday large shops in England will charge 5p for each plastic bag. But how did shoppers get so used to free carrier bags in the first place, asks Chris Stokel-Walker. //&! bit.ly/1RgOTfj - Perhaps the crisis of conscience has eased and people have got used to the idea of their wastefulness again. The charge is clearly needed. But will it work? And does it go far enough? [ 5p isn't a pain, 50p probably. because then its seen (perceived) as overpriced/rip-off. but the consumer does not see, is not aware of the actual current cost and long-term cost to the environment, ecology, and knock-on economic damage of cleaning it up in 20-30 years because we have to to save the planet! where are the behavioural economic experiments when you need them? ] - make video arguing for a 50p price tag and study from dan ariely to conduct such a study.
plastic  bag  plastic  nation  Great  Pacific  Garbage  Patch  Petroleum  Industry  economic  damage  public  awareness  public  perception  public  discourse  public  debate  sustainability  sustainable  Policy  pollution  Good  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  mass  extinction  water  pollution  air  pollution  landfill  carbonfootprint  carbonemission  emissions 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Amazonian Mushroom Eats Indestructible Plastics
Pestalotiopsis microspora (not shown) is a resident of the Ecuadorian rainforest and was discovered by a group of student researchers led by molecular biochemistry professor Scott Strobel as part of Yale's annual Rainforest Expedition and Laboratory. It's the first fungus species to be able to survive exclusively on polyurethane and, more importantly, able to do so in anaerobic conditions—the same conditions found in the bottom of landfills. This makes the fungus a prime candidate for bioremediation projects that could finally provide an alternative to just burying the plastic and hoping for the best.
research  fungus  discoveries  science  waste  plastic  landfill 
february 2012 by asterisk2a

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