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22 11 2021 | 16:40

Scotland to enforce ban on single-use plastic items from June 2022

Scotland will be the first UK nation to pursue this ban on some of the most problematic plastic products. Legislation has been put in place to ensure Scotland’s use of various plastic items will be…

22 11 2021 | 14:20

‘Drowning’ in waste: Australia recycled just 16% of plastic packaging last year

Report described as ‘sharp wake-up call’ finds recycling has flatlined since voluntary plan was introduced in 2017 Australia is failing to meet its own plastic reduction targets, with just 16% of…

14 11 2021 | 08:20

U.S.: Essential plastics industry enjoys “fantastic” profits with no regulation

Plastics industry profits soar even in wake of COVID-19, weather-related issues A recent IEEFA report on plastics pricing and the case for regulation of the industry has been released at a time of…

09 11 2021 | 13:18

About 26,000 tonnes of plastic Covid waste pollutes world’s oceans – study

Increased demand for PPE has put pressure on an already out-of-control global problem, report finds Plastic waste from the Covid-19 pandemic weighing 25,900 tonnes, equivalent to more than 2,000…

28 10 2021 | 08:17

US plastics to outstrip coal’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, study finds

American plastics industry, described by experts as ‘the new coal’, releasing at least 232m tons of gas annually The plastics industry in the United States is on track to release more greenhouse gas…

27 10 2021 | 14:47

Plastics emissions to surpass coal-powered plants by end of decade

The plastics industry in the United States is on track to release more greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) than coal-powered electricity generating plants by the end of the decade, according to a new…

16 10 2021 | 12:22

‘Can be recycled’: the latest must-have for beauty industry packaging

Cosmetic and skincare brands are increasingly keen to highlight their sustainable credentials – but, says Sarah LaBrecque, there’s a complex story behind the labelling that appears on everything from…

01 10 2021 | 12:44

What Is the Environmental Cost of Bottled Water?

Is it better for your health and the environment to drink water from a plastic bottle or from a tap?

24 09 2021 | 15:53

McDonald’s ditches plastic Happy Meal toys for sustainable options

The plastic toys will be phased out by end of 2025. McDonald’s says it will no longer include plastic toys in Happy Meals by the end of 2025 and make the switch to items made from renewable and…

09 09 2021 | 14:50

Coca-cola bottles make up 16 per cent of plastic waste on UK beaches, analysis finds

Drinks companies must play their part in tackling pollution by reducing packaging and switching to re-fill models, campaigners say. Coca-cola branded bottles remain the most common plastic litter…

07 08 2021 | 10:58

Environmental impact of bottled water ‘up to 3,500 times greater than tap water’

The impact of bottled water on natural resources is 3,500 times higher than for tap water, scientists have found. The research is the first of its kind and examined the impact of bottled water in…

03 08 2021 | 10:14

Kenya launches nationwide crackdown on single-use plastic bags

The National Environment Management Authority (Nema) will next week start a major crackdown on single-use plastic bags across the country. This comes after the authority expressed concern that some…

17 07 2021 | 11:59

Here's What Happens When You Eat From Plastic Containers.

Drinking water is supposed to be good for you, but what happens when you diligently carry that disposable water bottle around all day, to remind yourself to take a sip? With that sip, you take in an…

17 07 2021 | 09:09

Plastic pollution is nearing irreversible tipping point, experts warn.

Biodiversity loss, rising temperatures and increased toxicity for oceans and wider society if emissions continue. The world may be approaching an irreversible tipping point for plastic pollution, a…

10 07 2021 | 06:58

Call for global treaty to end production of ‘virgin’ plastic by 2040.

Scientists say agreement must cover extraction of raw materials and pollution that blights seas and land A binding global treaty is needed to phase out the production of “virgin” or new plastic by…

05 07 2021 | 11:10

New Zealand to Ban Most Single-Use Plastics by 2025

In its latest environmental commitment, New Zealand has announced a ban on the majority of single-use plastics by 2025. The new measure builds on the country's 2019 decision to phase-out plastic…

05 07 2021 | 11:06

Plastic rafting: the invasive species hitching a ride on ocean litter

There is now so much ocean plastic that it has become a route for invasive species, threatening native animals with extinction Seascape: the state of our oceans is supported by

05 07 2021 | 09:08

We can now track ocean microplastics from space, by looking at how winds and water interact

Researchers at the University of Michigan (U-M) have developed a new approach to tracking microplastics in ocean waters, anywhere in the world, on a daily basis. This relies on satellites from the…

18 06 2021 | 11:37

Malawi's landscape is clogged with plastic waste that could linger for 100 years. One woman has taken on plastic companies and won

For more than five years, Gloria Majiga-Kamoto, a 30-year-old Malawian environmental activist, has waged a David v Goliath battle against some of the country's largest plastic manufacturers to bring…

18 06 2021 | 11:13

Scientists convert used plastic bottles into vanilla flavouring.

Production of chemical could help make recycling more attractive and tackle global plastic pollution. Plastic bottles have been converted into vanilla flavouring using genetically engineered…