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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…

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.

18 05 2020 | 12:56

PV module recyclers aiming for high-purity material recovery.

France’s National Institute for Solar Energy takes a look at the state of play in the European solar panel recycling industry.

11 05 2020 | 07:50

Zero-waste warriors: meet the people whose household rubbish fits in a jam jar.

From making their own toothpaste to foraging locally for edible plants, more and more people are learning to cut the amount of rubbish they throw out. Here’s how they do it

02 05 2020 | 07:32

Why is used clothing popular across Africa? We found out in Malawi.

The sale of used clothing is a billion-dollar global industry. According to some estimates, almost 70% of garments that are donated globally end up on the African continent.

02 05 2020 | 07:00

Why Britain’s 2.5 billion paper coffee cups are an eco disaster.

With only one in 400 cups recycled, and even those barely ‘green’, the hunt is on for an alternative. Britain gets through 2.5 billion of them every year, and the number is set to increase. But…

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…

15 04 2020 | 08:56

Ph.D. student turns recycled plastic into face shields for Ugandan medics.

In 2016, Paige Balcom fell in love with Uganda. It happened in Lukodi, a village outside of the town of Gulu, where she was on a Fulbright research grant. Working with farmers and a school for child…

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…

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…

01 04 2020 | 09:57

British American Tobacco sets out new sustainability strategy.

British American Tobacco publishes its new sustainability report and sets out plans to become carbon neutral by 2030. The tobacco manufacturing company has published its new sustainability report,…

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 | 07:19

The Status Quo of Sustainable Fashion.

Sustainability is trending in the fashion industry. But what’s behind the PR slogans of the big brands promoting textile recycling? And where lie the chances and barriers for change? Facts, figures,…

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…

16 03 2020 | 16:20

The elephant in the room: Can the solar industry go circular?

To avert an impending waste crisis, the industry must look at ways to extend the useful life of solar power systems and maximise what can be reused and recycled. Laws and knowledge sharing are…

05 03 2020 | 07:33

50 simple ways to make your life greener.

Expert tips on how to be kinder to the planet – from cooking and cleaning to fashion and finance

05 03 2020 | 07:20

M&S expands sustainable refill trial.

Marks and Spencer announce it will be expanding the ‘Fill Your Own’ sustainability trial after increase of sales on refillable groceries. M&S Food’s first Fill Your Own trial was launched in mid…

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…