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31 05 2020 | 07:15

Birds Are Eating Hundreds of Plastic Bits Daily, New Studies Find.

The gruesome images of whales and deer dying after mistaking plastic for food has helped put into perspective just how severe the plastic waste crisis is. Now, a new study finds that it is not just…

31 05 2020 | 07:12

The Recycling Dilemma: Good Plastic, Bad plastic?

When it comes to recycling and recyclability, very little, it seems is straightforward — even something as seemingly simple as orange juice can present a conundrum. In Germany, many smaller shops…

28 05 2020 | 08:19

Ocean Microplastics Are Drastically Underestimated, New Research Suggests.

New research suggests there may be far more microplastics in the ocean than initially estimated. Microplastics, which breakdown into miniscule pieces of plastic are notoriously tricky to catch.…

21 05 2020 | 11:53

The end of plastic? New plant-based bottles will degrade in a year.

Carlsberg and Coca-Cola back pioneering project to make ‘all-plant’ drinks bottles. Beer and soft drinks could soon be sipped from “all-plant” bottles under new plans to turn sustainably grown crops…

21 05 2020 | 11:35

Do Fuels Made From Plastic Make Eco Sense?

Yogurt pots, shampoo bottles, coffee-to-go lids, bubble wrap — plastic products are all composed of the same building blocks: long carbon chains.

06 05 2020 | 08:52

Africa's exploding plastic nightmare.

As Africa Drowns in Garbage, the Plastics Business Keeps Booming ROSEMARY NYAMBURA SPENDS her weekends collecting plastic with her aunt Miriam in the Dandora dump in Nairobi.

02 05 2020 | 07:44

Discarded coronavirus face masks and gloves rising threat to ocean life, conservationists warn.

The bright colours of latex gloves risk can be mistaken as food by seabirds, turtles and other marine mammals putting them at risk of severe injuries and death.

29 04 2020 | 06:44

How Asian Grassroots Activists Are Tackling The War On Plastic Waste.

Faced with a lack of regulation and unenthusiastic governments, ingenious activists across Asia are finding localised and creative ways to fight against plastic waste, and winning. 

27 04 2020 | 06:55

Microplastics found for first time in Antarctic ice where krill source food.

Researchers at University of Tasmania find 14 different kinds of plastic smaller than 5mm in an ice core from 2009. Small pieces of plastic have been detected in sea ice in Antarctica for what…

25 04 2020 | 12:45

'Horrible hybrids': the plastic products that give recyclers nightmares.

From singing birthday cards to baby food pouches, a growing trend of mixing materials is making recycling even harder. The cheerful, singing voice inside your musical “Happy Birthday” card is enough…

13 04 2020 | 07:25

Scientists create mutant enzyme that recycles plastic bottles in hours.

A mutant bacterial enzyme that breaks down plastic bottles for recycling in hours has been created by scientists. The enzyme, originally discovered in a compost heap of leaves, reduced the bottles…

07 04 2020 | 08:48

Monopoly houses, toy soldiers and Lego: the museum of plastic lost at sea.

Tracey Williams has been a beachcomber for most of her life. It started with school holidays to north Cornwall in the 1960s, searching for shells, sea glass and mermaids’ purses among the rocks and…

01 04 2020 | 10:14

Scientists find bug that feasts on toxic plastic.

Bacterium is able to break down polyurethane, which is widely used but rarely recycled. A bacterium that feeds on toxic plastic has been discovered by scientists. The bug not only breaks the plastic…

01 04 2020 | 10:12

Ivory Coast-based waste management startup Coliba raises GreenTec funding.

Ivory Coast-based startup Coliba, which has developed a recycling and waste management platform, has raised funding from German firm GreenTec Capital Partners, which will also provide the company…

23 03 2020 | 06:35

Wales to ban single use plastics by 2021.

The Welsh government hopes that the measures will make the country one of the world’s top recycling nations. The Welsh Government has set out plans designed to restrict the sale of single-use, hard…

20 03 2020 | 08:00

Save Marine Life From Single-Use Plastics.

Our oceans face a massive plastic crisis.

16 03 2020 | 20:49

Newly Discovered Deep-Sea Creature Named After Plastic Found In Its Guts.

Still poorly explored, the bottom of the oceans hosts many unknown species, evolved to survive the extreme pressure, low temperatures, lack of light and nutrients found there.

16 03 2020 | 19:32

Iceland cuts own-brand plastic packaging by 29 per cent.

Supermarket claims engaging with its suppliers and customers has been key to reducing plastic from own-brand products Frozen food retailer Iceland has today announced it has cut its use of plastic…

23 02 2020 | 15:52

Your recycled plastic might be ending up in a landfill.Here's why.

Recycling facilities in the US can't process most of the plastics. You’re trying to do the right thing by throwing away that plastic container into the recycling bin. It even had a label that said…

20 02 2020 | 07:27

Britvic banks on sustainability with £400m loan facility linked to green goals.

Interest on the loan is dependent on Britvic driving progress towards its green goals to cut plastics and emissions by 2025 Soft drinks manufacturer Britvic has become the latest corporate to sign…