Plastic

Researchers find plastic particles in every sea turtle tested for study

Sea Turtles
Sea turtles going into the ocean. Photo: Edgar Santiago García/picture alliance via Getty Images

Research published in the journal Global Change Biology revealed that more than 800 synthetic particles, including "microplastics," were found in the digestive systems of 102 sea turtles examined from 3 ocean basins.

Why it matters: The fact that microplastics were found in all of the turtles tested by researchers — in oceans all across the world — highlights the impact of marine plastic waste and its potential effects on animals. The study estimated that between 4.8 and 12.7 million tons of plastic waste could enter the world's waters each year.

Carlsberg plans glue packaging for six-packs to reduce plastic waste

A pitcher of beer.
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Danish brewery Carlsberg announced on Thursday that it would begin gluing together the beer cans in its six-packs worldwide in order to reduce plastic waste.

The details: The method will replace the plastic rings that typically hold six-packs together. Bloomberg reports that Carlsberg "tried out about 40,000 different variations of glue" before settling on the its chosen "glue technology" in the hope of saving 1,200 tons of plastic — equal to 60 million plastic bags — each year.

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