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Walmart Foundation grant aimed at reducing plastic waste

potato chips bag on White background An $800,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to the University of Georgia New Materials Institute will help researchers understand how multilayer plastic packaging biodegrades and also help manufacturers in their attempts to design and select more sustainable materials. The research funded by the...

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Royal statistic of 2018: 90.5% of plastic not recycled

[caption id="attachment_1887" align="alignright" width="255"] Jenna Jambeck[/caption] A finding from University of Georgia research has been named the 2018 International Statistic of the Year by the Royal Statistical Society. CNN International interviewed the College of Engineering’s Jenna Jambeck, who worked with colleagues at the University of California,...

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Recycling in U.S. is becoming more expensive, due to China and ‘dirty’ recycling

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]The global waste management market is shifting and the change is beginning to negatively impact the recycling industry in the United States. In Maine, a town in Hancock County plans to stop curbside recycling on Sept. 1, following...

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NMI’s Jambeck talks to NPR

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/4"][ultimate_spacer height="5"][vc_column_text] [caption id="attachment_2121" align="alignleft" width="206"] Jenna Jambeck is co-director of the UGA New Materials Institute and an associate professor of environmental engineering.[/caption]   [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]Jenna Jambeck talked to NPR about her quest to help people comprehend the world's plastic...

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NMI research team calculates impact of China’s ban on plastic waste imports

[caption id="attachment_2113" align="alignleft" width="300"] Beach pollution. Plastic bottles and other trash on sea beach[/caption] Athens, Ga. – While recycling is often touted as the solution to the large-scale production of plastic waste, upwards of half of the plastic waste intended for recycling is exported from higher income...

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A Growing Awareness about the Need for Sustainable Packaging

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]The New Materials Institute's Jenna Jambeck recently talked to Progressive Grocer about the affect local and national governmental policies are having on industry's attitudes regarding plastic packaging.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][ultimate_spacer height="10"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no"...

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Jenna Jambeck is redesigning waste management

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Right before Jenna Jambeck was returning to school to get her doctorate in environmental engineering in 2000, racing captain and oceanographer Charles Moore showed the industrialized world that its obsession with plastic had a cost. Jambeck was disgusted. Moore’s articles...

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New materials, new perspectives

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] [caption id="attachment_2084" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo by Andrew Davis Tucker/UGA[/caption] UGA New Materials Institute teams are working with industry partners to improve the efficiency and applications of biobased, degradable plastic alternatives and to prove their safety in land and aquatic...

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