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3 Oct, 2017

Cleaning up Zimbabwe with a styrofoam ban

By | October 3rd, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Styrofoam pollution is a serious problem in Zimbabwe. The government is set to ban the ubiquitous material for use in food containers and to promote greener alternatives. But not everyone is happy with the move. Zimbabwe's streets, rivers, drains and lakes are awash with discarded, non-recyclable Styrofoam food containers. A problem worsened [...]

2 Oct, 2017

Biodegradable plastics needed to increase recycling efficiency

By | October 2nd, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Berlin, 21 September 2017 – In the light of the current debates and consultations on the upcoming EU Strategy on Plastics and the revision of the EU waste legislation, European Bioplastics (EUBP), the association for the bioplastics industry in Europe, echoes the call for greater investments in the implementation of separate recycling streams, [...]

28 Sep, 2017

EAC relaunches inquiry to curb impact of coffee cups and plastic bottles

By | September 28th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) is relaunching its predecessor’s investigation into the impact of disposable drinks packaging on the environment, after the original inquiry was disrupted by the general election. The new inquiry will look at what actions are being undertaken by industry and government to reduce waste generated by takeaway cups and plastic bottles, [...]

25 Sep, 2017

Wrapped in plastic, China’s farmland is suffering

By | September 25th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Covering soil in plastic has been a boon for agriculture around the world, especially in China, where an area half the size of California is under polyethylene wrap. Farmers cover their land in razor-thin sheets of the translucent white film to trap moisture and heat and to prevent weeds and pests. The so-called [...]

29 Aug, 2017

Kenya plastic bag ban comes into force after years of delays

By | August 29th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

A ban on plastic carrier bags has come into force in Kenya, which means that anyone found selling, manufacturing or carrying them could face fines of up to $38,000 or prison sentences of up to four years. The government says the ban will help protect the environment. But manufacturers of the bags [...]

21 Jul, 2017

The Role of Bioplastics in the New Plastic Economy

By | July 21st, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Bioplastics are shaping our economy as they increase in use and feasibility. Green Dot Bioplastics’ Kevin Ireland explains why there is still vast room for growth. Bioplastics will be a major component in the New Plastic Economy. For plastics to thrive without harmful waste and negative environmental impact, a switch from a linear economy [...]

21 Jul, 2017

Earth is becoming ‘Planet Plastic’

By | July 21st, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

US scientists have calculated the total amount of plastic ever made and put the number at 8.3 billion tonnes. It is an astonishing mass of material that has essentially been created only in the last 65 years or so. The 8.3 billion tonnes is as heavy as 25,000 Empire State Buildings in [...]

3 Jul, 2017

Driving a car made from biodegradable materials

By | July 3rd, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

A car made from biodegradable natural materials has passed road safety tests in the Netherlands. TU Ecomotive, a student team from Eindhoven University of Technology, unveiled LINA earlier this year. The four-seater's lightweight structure is made from sugar beet and flax which takes 20% of the energy used to produce today's aluminium or [...]

12 Jun, 2017

G20 alliance to reduce marine litter

By | June 12th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

The G20 states have undertaken to reduce the amount of waste in the world’s rivers and wastewater, and thus reduce the level of waste in our oceans. Meeting in Bremen the G20 states have adopted an action plan to address the problem of marine litter. Plastic packaging and other plastic waste account for [...]

12 Jun, 2017

A new UK plant will deliver a unique bioplastic solution derived from biodiesel

By | June 12th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

While bio-plastic product alternatives have been around for over 20 years now, some of these bio-plastics have not yet delivered on the promise of retaining the same packaging qualities as their traditional plastic formulations, while also being capable of biodegrading without a harmful footprint. Many of the more widely used bioplastic solutions derive from [...]