Miranda Wang holds up a spherical flask containing waste plastic film. Normally considered unrecyclable, her start-up BioCellection can break down the plastic for reuse with a chemical catalyst.
A before and after shot of plastic film recycled by BioCellection into a precursor for complex plastics like nylon thread. The hope is that such recycled plastic could be used in textiles and automobiles.
Scroll through to discover more about how plastic waste is affecting the planet.
Clear and present danger – The South Pacific island of Tuvalu should be a model of sustainability. But plastic pollution is having a devastating effect on the formerly pristine environment, and it may be responsible for the declining health of many islanders.
A plastic ocean – British producer Jo Ruxton and her team spent four years documenting the effects of plastic pollution for the documentary "A Plastic Ocean." She hopes the film will challenge people and societies to stop thinking of the material as disposable.
No safe haven – The crew visited dozens of sites from the Arctic to the Mediterranean and Hawaii, without ever finding a plastic-free location. The average square kilometer of ocean contains around 20,000 microplastic pieces.
End of the line – Endangered species such as sea turtles could be driven to extinction by the plastic plague.