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Eco-conscious companies are trying to phase out tiny plastic microbeads found in nearly every personal care product you use.
The green chemistry revolution is tackling plastic pollution on a molecular level.
Oceans cover 70 percent of planet, but you wouldn't know it by the bad shape they're in.
"In Chinese culture, reusing and recycling is in our genes. This is a Buddhist way of thinking."
Australian scientists say as many as every nine out of ten seabirds may have eaten plastic, and estimate that at the current rate, 99 percent of all seabirds will have plastic debris in their gut by 2050, compared to 5 percent in 1960.
Modified microbes have the potential to help reduce our carbon footprint and our reliance on oil at the same time.