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Jan. 9, 2014

Carbon plastic maker Newlight Technologies is preparing to bring its alternative plastic known as AirCarbon to market later this year in a series of products ranging from furniture to cellphone cases made for Virgin Mobile. Using methane gas from nearby dairy farms, the California-based Newlight Technologies removes the carbon contained within the gas and converts it into a series of plastic molecules said to closely resemble polypropylene.

REPREVE, a recycled plastic made by Unifi, will be the official recycling sponsor of the upcoming X Games Aspen. Hosted by ESPN and running from Jan. 23 to Jan. 26, the event will feature signage, lanyards and clothing merchandize made from more than 100,000 recycled plastic bottles.

Los Angeles County's large supermarkets and retailers have officially begun a post-plastic bag way of doing business after a much anticipated county bag ban went into effect Jan. 1. By July 1, independent retailers and stores will also be required to follow the ban, offering customers three options: bring their own reusable bag, buy a paper bag or carry their groceries in hand.

Researchers in London have discovered a river of plastic flowing inside the River Thames. Thousands of pieces of plastic were found submerged along the riverbed of the upper Thames estuary, surprising many who had believed the river was a relatively litter-free body of water and sparking debate within the industry about the potentially harmful impacts of marine debris on marine life.   

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